Chevy 350 Engine Build - The Chump Change Challenge

In These Recessionary Times, Can We Deliver 400 Hp For Under A Thousand Bucks?

Richard Holdener Oct 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)

We experimented with timing (eventually settling on 35 degrees) and minor jetting to the rebuilt Holley before letting the hammer fly. With a safe air/fuel mixture in the high 12s, the 350 eventually pumped out 407 hp at 5,900 rpm and 410 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. We had officially reached our goal of producing 400 hp.

The final bill for our 400hp build up checked in at $1,155, including the cost of the motor. We were excited about the 400hp peak number, but what really made us happy was the fact that this low-buck motor produced over 400 lb-ft of torque from 3,700-5,200 rpm. Even down at 3,000 rpm, Chump Change churned out 372 lb-ft of torque. Yes, we went $155 over budget, but the result is still affordable for most any enthusiast.

Sponsors
Comp Cams
901/795-2400
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Pro Comp Electronics
909/605-1123
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Chump Change
Challenge 350 Pricing
Pro Comp Heads
$580.00
Professional Products Intake
$129.00
Complete 350 Motor, Pick-a-Part
(Wrecking Yard)
$200.00
Core charge
$0.00
Gaskets set- Motorville
(MRG-7100)
$25.00
E-Bay Comp Cam
$159.00
Pro Comp Cast
Aluminum Valve Covers
$33.00
Summit Racing Pushrods
$29.00
Chump Change Total Build Cost
$1155.00

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