Automotive, Performance

Getting Speed & Performance from a Small Block Chevy

Are you wondering how to get the best out of your small block Chevy engine? Not to worry, try a few of these techniques that I’m about to show you and you’ll avoid spending thousands of dollars to improve your engine.

Let’s assume you have bought a Chevelle with a 383 stoker engine that you aren’t that satisfied about her speed, what are you going to do? The general rule that applies here when you want to get real results from your aftermarket auto parts for restorations is to learn from someone who has been in a similar situation.

First of all, a 383 stroker will crush a stock 350 in overall power assuming certain pieces of the puzzle come together. Adding a few custom made high performance racing parts to a tired engine is always the best option when you want to get some serious speed out of your 383 stoker.

Now let me show you the aftermarket auto parts that you need in order for you to get the best out of your Chevy 383 engine.

High-Performance Water Pump

Aftermarket electric water pumps are a better choice compared to mechanical water pumps. They perform better and will save you a lot of money in the long run. Like all other aftermarket parts, you need to buy a quality water pumps for a classic car restoration. Select a custom parts manufacture known for its precision craftsmanship and use of cutting edge of technology in design and machining.  Here are the some of the features to look for when buying electric water pumps:

  1. CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and anodized in your desired color or polished for long lasting great looks
  2. Free flows 50GPM with a billet impellor and houses a heavy-duty electric motor that only draws 6 AMPS
  3. Make sure it works with your batteries voltage system, either 12V system or a 16V system
  4. Fully assembled with stainless steel hardware and a carbon ceramic mechanical seal
  5. It  includes mounting hardware and is completely o-ringed for block mount sealing

Throttle Linkage Brackets

To keep your throttle cable tight, a throttle linkage bracket designed for performance is worth its weight in billet aluminum:

  1. The brackets should be designed with a carburetor return spring mount which attaches to the carburetor for a easy installation and smooth return spring operation
  2. It should be crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum and machined to tight tolerances for smooth operation and precision adjustability.
  3. Know your carburetor and ensure that the bracket you purchase is designed to work with your specific brand.

Manage you Fuel Mix

Great fuel control at the carburetor can be achieved by a good fuel pressure regulator. Choose a pressure regulator that allows for maximum tuning flexibility and a minimum amount of flow restriction. The results of a well designed pressure regulator is increased horsepower, a fuel pump that runs cooler and meets the volume demands without any pressure creep.

Brackets for Fuel Regulator

To tightly secure your fuel pressure regulator, customized mounting brackets for a fuel pressure regulator are a must. Some of the things you should look for in quality made brackets are:

  1. Should be made from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and tightly secures to the regulator you have purchased.
  2. Brackets should have a direct fit bolt pattern drilled to accept your specific brand of regulator.
  3. All the mounting hardware including head bolts and spacers are included with the bracket you purchase.
  4. Keep the color of the bracket consistent with the engine’s color scheme.

The hot rod car parts recommended above will definitely help you get the best out of your Chevy 383 stoker engine whether you are racing against a timer at a drag strip or just taking your newly customized Chevelle out on a Sunday afternoon. If you are tight on cash right now and purchasing auto parts for your restoration is being done in small doses, getting a good quality aftermarket electric water pump installed should be the first step in this process.  A new water pump for your small block Chevy is a very wise investment and you are sure to be rewarded with a measurable increase in raw power.

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