Now hang on a minute there David... I think my experience is more of a lesson in getting your combo right in the first place rather than not to build a big stroker for the street. ...
Well said - and that is what my point was trying to be, and why I took so long describing my combo. We each have specific goals (or should) and it's not as easy as building a deep stroke and randomly adding these heads Harry said were good, and that cam from Larry, and that induction Gerry likes, etc. If you did that, it would run but likely wouldn't reach your goals. Almost any combo will hit that power level with a power adder, but to do it NA, and have it reach goals on the street
takes a bit more planning and research. Oh, it certainly can be done, and is done regularly by those that have set their goals and planned the best path to it - but to just say 'I want X power and drive it on the street' does not have enough info to avoid tripping into the common pitfalls we all know so well.
Part of my point about my convertible is that it has different goals, and as a retirement cruiser to be absolutely brick reliable while driving tens of thousands of miles around the US on crap local gas and getting mid-20s mileage while still handling all challengers was my
list of requirements. His will be different and need a different combo of parts. What the specific goals are, and the combo needed to reach those goals - is the challenge. The fact that my combo will only end-up making mid-400hp levels is not a tuning or parts combination failure, but rather the product of a planned package for a specific purpose. Your goals are different.
Again, if its pure power, it's relatively easy. As a demo project, I'm doing a full build using a $2000 vehicle and a total budget of $10,000 for the whole build (everything - from radiator to tires) that will make 800+hp, have decent street manners, run on pump gas, no N2O, and easily run 10-flat to the limit of the safety gear. For $10k. Total. I know I can do it, and exactly how I will get there. Once again, a completely different list of goals, and a different combo to get the job done.
Is a powerful engine any good to anyone without application? Do big peak dyno numbers tell the story? Not really. I was at a NASA seminar where they were reporting a research engine - a 700cc 2-stroke - that made over 700hp. Inch-for-inch, that's like your stroker making roughly 7300hp. Sure, it had cool stuff like combustion-control chambers and barium-based fuel, but is it useful? Pretty much not to anyone but the research department. So, just making HP numbers does not mean it will reach other goals.
Interesting discussion. I don't think we're that far apart on our points - just how we're making them. No?