383 Chevy Proharger - Late-Model 383 Buildup-Part 3

With A Solid Long-Block Our Lt1 Stroker Gets A Cleared Airway And A Giant Lung!

Terry Cole Oct 1, 2000 0 Comment(s)
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The "root" (excuse the pun) of our stroked LT1's power will come from this shiny D-1 Procharger from Accessible Technologies. Still compact in design, this billet impeller-equipped huffer should add an estimated 60 percent more power to our potent modern mouse.

Adding forced induction to a stout engine has long been considered the epitome of performance when attempting to unbridle the most in power and torque. From Top Fuel to Pro Street, aluminum lungs are standard equipment-both in terms of throttle response and gawk appeal. (What's cooler looking than a polished 8-71 sticking out of the hood?). But when it comes to unleashing the most from today's computer controlled EFI-equipped engines, however, roots-style blowers are not-surprisingly missing from the scene.

Have they lost their visual allure? Not likely-it's simply a matter of logistics: First, they require a complete revamp of the engine (Few, if any late-model owners want to take a plasma cutter to their new cars). And, in most instances, they will automatically render the modern machine illegal in the eyes of the ever-increasing fraternity of smog cops.

Enter the age-old second-tier huffer known as the centrifugal supercharger. These belt-driven, high-winding, impeller-spinning blowers have been around for nearly as long as their top-of-the-engine-mounted brethren. But, until the advent of computer-controllable ignition and induction systems, they've failed to consistently reach the power and dependability levels of the roots design.

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With the 383 on a stand, Bob Vrbancic bolted on the massive billet bracket (complete with idler pulley in place). Due to the unconventional size of the D-1 (the company's standard model for late-model Camaros is the 600P), the mounting hardware is all custom made. Therefore, we had to massage a couple of bolt hole openings and have a spacer made for the crank pulley. It also took us a few minutes to figure out exactly how the unit bolted up to the almost-encircling bracket.

But in the high-tech arena, the centrifugal supercharger is second to none. So, when we started out to build a powerhouse LT1 stroker, with its combination of electronic fuel injection and OBD II computer system, there was no second-guessing the choice of adding a belt-driven 'charger. For our project, we decided upon the increasingly popular Procharger from Accessible Technologies Incorporated (ATI, for short).

We've had previous experience with the gurus at ATI involving both EFI and blow-through carbureted applications, and feel extremely confident about their products. (You may recall our '96 Camaro convertible, which has the company's smallest unit on its stock LT1 and made around 400 rear-wheel horsepower and more than 500 foot-pounds of torque!) For this application, however, we were talked into stepping up from the smallest unit to the more potent D-1 version. With a larger intake tract and impeller, the D-1 opened up the possibilities of power and torque levels that we've been eyeing. In a nutshell, the bigger blower bolted on the bigger engine should equal bigger performance.

But, you'll have to wait until next month to see the results, as this segment deals with the installation of the unit on its custom bracket. (Since the engine bay of the fourth-generation Camaro-which is where this bad boy will reside-is less than cavernous, the billet aluminum mounts that came with our unit were hand machined to make sure the blower was exactly where it needed to be.)

In addition to the installation procedure, we've included a retrospective on the work that went into the stock LT1's intake manifold by the wizards at Arizona Speed and Marine. From welding on bosses for the nitrous oxide nozzles to porting and blending the runners, you'll see why this manifold will be our Procharger's best ally in making big power numbers with our LT1 383.

Sources

Crane Cams
Daytona Beach, FL 32117
866-388-5120
http://www.cranecams.com
SRP
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
714-898-9764
www.srp.com
Beck Racing Engines
Phoenix, AZ 85009
602-477-1700
www.beckracingengines.com
Cloyes
Fort Smith, AR
479-645-1662
http://www.cloyes.com
TPIS
952-448-6021
www.TPIS.com
Billet Fabrication
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Manley
Lakewood, NJ 08701
732-905-3366
www.manleyperformance .com
CNC Cylinder Heads
(727) 527-8866
www.cncheads.com
ATI ProCharger
Lenexa, KS 66215
913-338-2886
www.procharger.com
Pro Gram Engineering
Barberton, OH 44203
Cola Performance Products
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90021
Carbon Components
Huntington Beach, CA 92548
Titan
Ojai, CA 93023
Arizona Speed and Marine
Chandler, AZ 85226
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