1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Small Block - 327 Dyno Tune - Dyno Drives

Tuning A Small-Block '64 Coupe For Power, Economy, And A Good Time

Steve Dulcich Aug 5, 2008 0 Comment(s)
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Rick Stoner's immaculate '64 coupe was the subject of our attention. Built for the road, this Corvette captures the stock appearance, but has been modified with aftermarket components under the hood. The 327/four-speed combination makes for a nice driver, though poor fuel economy and rough running meant the tune was well off its potential. A Jet Performance Products-modified Holley carb and a day at the chassis dyno promised to make it right.

We know that to enjoy one's Corvette, driveability and reliability play significant roles. With that in mind, we introduce our new series: "Dyno Drives." Our goal is to increase performance as well as driving enjoyment with a focus on tuning and performance components. Contributor Steve Dulcich, working with the team at Westech Performance Group, will routinely test and improve Corvettes with emphasis on the ability to own and enjoy your Corvette daily. Expect everything from tuning stock Corvettes to building high-horsepower street Corvettes. We hope you enjoy this new series, available only in Corvette Fever.

Even for the most diehard do-it-yourselfers, sometimes there's nothing better than just handing it over and saying, "You fix it." Sure, your tool crib may look like a display room for the Craftsman catalog, but chances are that things like a chassis dyno, an exhaust gas analyzer, and boxes of tuning components are not to be found tucked in the corner of your attached two-car garage. A well-equipped dyno shop can work wonders, primping up a soggy power curve and breathing newfound youth into a tired combination.

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The 327 engine has been rebuilt with stock replacement components, with the exception of a mild Competition Cams XE262 camshaft and valvetrain package, and is supported by an MSD ignition and a Holley carb of unknown origin.

This was the case with our subject: a 327-equipped '64 coupe. The car did start and drive, and that was a good thing. But bucking, stalling, and an appetite for fuel like a corner drunk's thirst for a jug of Gallo detracted markedly from the driving experience. We remembered the joys of driving a sweet-running, 327-equipped mid-year. The wrinkles in our gray matter hold memories of it being better than this-much better than this. Something needed to be done, a complete physical, if you will, to get to the bottom of this small-block's ailments.

A trip to Westech's chassis dyno was just the therapeutic program to recuperate our ailing coupe. We left the session with the 327 revitalized by 25 more rear-wheel horsepower, a 10 percent gain; but that was only part of the tale. The Corvette's crisper response and more agreeable temperament on the road, not to mention newfound thrift, are harder to quantify, but certainly make the call of the road much more gratifying.

Bold indicates peak figures.Superflow Chassis Dyno. Tested At Westech. Figures display standard corrected rear-wheel horsepower.

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