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Chevy 454 Heads - Blue Collar Build - Part 3

How To Make 589 HP From A Blue Collar 454

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Test Day
Test 1 is the Blue Collar 454 as reported in the Oct. '12 issue using a swap-meet Dominator intake and an adapter for the Quick Fuel E85 750-cfm, 4150-style carburetor.

Test 2 used the modified iron oval-port heads, new Manley valves and JGM valve job, a Summit single-plane intake, and the Pro Systems E85 950-cfm 4150 carburetor. All tests were run on Rockett Brand E85 fuel.

Power Numbers

RPM TQ1 HP1 TQ2 HP2 TQ gain
3,100 --- --- 437 258 ---
3,300 --- --- 462 290 ---
3,500 --- --- 491 327 ---
3,700 375 264 512 361 +137
3,900 429 318 534 397 +105
4,100 494 385 546 428 +52
4,300 514 421 550 451 +36
4,500 529 453 550 472 +21
4,700 538 481 549 492 +9
4,900 533 497 543 507 +10
5,100 527 512 533 518 +6
5,300 523 528 525 530 +2
5,500 508 532 519 543 +11
5,700 497 540 512 556 +16
5,900 487 548 508 571 +21
6,100 473 550 503 585 +30
6,300 --- --- 491 589 ---
6,500 --- --- 468 580 ---
Peak 538 552 550 589 ---

Parts List

Description PN Source Price
Manley Racemaster Rat intake valve 11872-8 Summit Racing 119.95
Manley Racemaster Rat exhaust valve 11881-8 Summit Racing 119.95
Summit Stage 4 intake manifold 226052 Summit Racing 199.95
Pro Systems 950 E85 carb N/A Pro Systems 790.00 (check)
Comp XS 290 solid cam 11-679-5 Summit Racing 191.69
Comp spring spacers 4779-8 Summit Racing 24.95
Comp 1.7:1 rocker arms 1021-16 Summit Racing 314.95
Autolite race plugs AR-25 Summit Racing 5.95 (x8)
Fel-Pro head gasket 1037 Summit Racing 46.95
Fel-Pro intake gasket 1281-3 Summit Racing 21.95
MSD Pro Billet 8361 Summit Racing 212.95
MSD plug wire 35379 Summit Racing 85.95
Comp oil, 10w-30 1594 Summit Racing 39.75
ARP headbolt set 135-3601 Summit Racing 77.15
Machine Work
New guides N/A JGM 188.00
Competition valve job/clean/surface N/A JGM 324.00

SOURCES
Induction Solutions
Brooksville
FL  34604
815-341-8853
http://www.induction-solutions.c
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Pro Systems
Dept. MMFF
6674-A Grand Haven Rd.
Spring Lake
MI  49456
Jim Grubbs Motorsports
28130 Avenue Crocker
# 331
Valencia
CA  91355
661-257-0101
DMP Fasteners
888-672-6587
http://www.dmpfasteners.com
Manley Performance
www.manleyperformance.com
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