In most engine build-ups you read about in magazines (including a couple in this issue) you have to read through three or four pages of how to torque a main cap and select a cam before you get the meat of the story, if at all. There’s really nothing wrong with these types of build-ups, but we’ve decided to cut to the chase. We gathered up four real-world street-driven First-Gen Camaros and threw them on the Primedia Tech Center’s chassis dyno with the help of Tech Center manager Dominic Conti just to see exactly what kind of power they were actually making.
There were some surprises and maybe a few disappointments as we found out how hard it really is to get the high-horsepower numbers magazines make sound so easy. None of these engines had been on a dyno before, and in most cases the carburetors were right out of the box. We are sure that with some time playing with ignition curves and carb jets all of them would pick up some more power.