Re: 351c vs 454
My Ranger with an iron-headed 289 blows away my brothers 72 mach1 with an aluminum headed 460. And before you say it, yes there is some weight difference but not near as much as you would think... Maybe 400lbs. Plain and simple, I have a pretty well thought out combo and spent some time dialing it in, He's got great heads and decent cam, but a performer intake, and factory manifolds, and probably most important, he's never been able to tune the thing very well!
My point is, just one or two parts of the engine, or even an improper tune, can turn any engine into a dog. Most average joes don't know a thing about tuning, so even if you do know what's under the hood, it may not perform up to its potential.
Quit arguing and just race the guy! :-)
'97 F250HD 4x4 460; '85 Ranger, 350hp 289, T5, email@example.com
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