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    Okay, I'm looking for relatively cheap ways to enhance the performance of my 88 GM. I'd really like to increase its top-speed and acceleration.

    What would be some good ways to do this that someone without much engine experience like me could do for relatively cheap? So, nothing that costs $1000 or anything like that...I can't afford that at all...A couple hundred dollars would be an appropriate area.

    I want to be able to surprise the next ricer I race off the red light...I raced a Honda today with a fart pipe...Pulled ahead in the beginning, but hit about 50 and they blew past me...That wasn't bad for a stock GM, but I like to stay ahead of them.



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    I would look in the junk yards for an HO conversion and I would get a descent exhaust. A little bit of money here and there will go a long way.
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      #3
      Get some 3.55 or 3.73's. That won't help with top speed, but you should be able to take any stock Honda to 60mph.

      You may want to think about an HO conversion. corral.net usually has some cheap stock parts in the Windsor Engine Section.
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        #4
        If your engine is healty and has good compression id put a 100 shot of nitrous on it. 100hp for $400, best power per dollar anywhere.
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          #5
          What's an HO conversion...? I've seen that one going around, and I haven't understood it before...



          I'm sucha n00b.


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            #6
            3.55 gear and dual exhaust is the safest and most effective.

            Nitrous would indeed make the car faster, but not a good idea if you are inexperienced with it and/or the motor is questionable.
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              #7
              Its when the cam and heads are changed to the ones from a 5.0 HO engine from a Mustang or something. Do exhaust before anything else. Next would be gears, then an HO upper intake. That mix of parts on a stock motor will wake it up substantially.
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                #8
                good exhuast, some gears. Work on a mustang HO conversion, you can start small, like just the upper intake and throttle body, then do the heads,cam, injetors, and ECU
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by MrMarquis
                  Okay, I'm looking for relatively cheap ways to enhance the performance of my 88 GM. I'd really like to increase its top-speed and acceleration.

                  What would be some good ways to do this that someone without much engine experience like me could do for relatively cheap? So, nothing that costs $1000 or anything like that...I can't afford that at all...A couple hundred dollars would be an appropriate area.

                  I want to be able to surprise the next ricer I race off the red light...I raced a Honda today with a fart pipe...Pulled ahead in the beginning, but hit about 50 and they blew past me...That wasn't bad for a stock GM, but I like to stay ahead of them.

                  hey scott what's your gear ratio Yeah do the ho conversion scott can help you out in that dept I'm also saving up for ho conversion

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by gabegt90
                    hey scott what's your gear ratio Yeah do the ho conversion scott can help you out in that dept I'm also saving up for ho conversion
                    Gear Ratio is stock...Whatever that may be.


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                      #11
                      check you door it should say a code the bottom of the lable it will say paint code and axel code it will say ax the a number or letter

                      1989 mercury grand marquis gs / 2014 ford focus s daily driver
                      302 lopo with ho upper/ aod with trans go shift kit
                      k code 3:55 posi rear/big brake swap tow package car

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                        #12
                        Likely 3.08 or 2.73 gears. 3.55 gears will wake it up very nicely.
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                        5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

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                        Originally posted by phayzer5
                        I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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                          #13
                          Most imports are all "top end" cars. Start with 3.55 gears and a Traction-Lok diff. Save your money, you'll want to go faster.


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                            #14
                            Go to the junk yard. You can find an 8.8 with 3.55s or 3.73s and a trac-lock for cheap ($50 for both gears and carrier at the local pull apart yard here). That'll save you a lot of money as long as you get good gears (no excessive wear).
                            Have 'em professionally installed. Also, be looking into exhaust. You can find stock replacement dual exhaust systems on eBay for cheap. Gut the cats and roll with it.
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                              #15
                              Get a better exhaust. Upgrade to 3.73 gears and trac-lock like Freshmeat said. I've heard that ported GT40 upper and lower intakes are a great upgrade. I can't wait to get another Panther and try all of this out myself.
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