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    I have a stock mid '70s SBC 350, and I'm interested in getting a supercharger for it. This engine is in a stock street car, and will be used mostly for street use. Could anyone advise me on what I would need to get started with my first supercharger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80CAMARO View Post
    Could anyone advise me on what I would need to get started with my first supercharger?
    I highly suggest you give Weiand Tech a call, and discuss this in detail with them.
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    Time, money & patience. Know what your goals are and set reasonable performance expectations. Boost reference everything, learn how to setup an ignition system and don't expect off the shelf solutions.

    That cast crank and hypereutectic pistons won't survive very long over 5 psi and those that claim their cast cranks and non forged piston are holding up for the long haul, either their ring gaps are excessive, cam specs are poor or they are limiting their timing and over fueling their engines and not getting the performance their blower is capable of. That or they don't mind rebuilding their engines frequently.

    I bought a Craigslist blower and stuffed it on an old 327 engine. Through a lot of trial & error, I got it running good, then blew the engine up in less then a year. I then built up a forged 383 setup to run 10 psi of boost and have been running that engine now for 4 years. Eventually I will get a bigger blower, but I learned from my mistakes. Go forged and figure out how you want to run your engine then do it right the first time. The bulk of the parts are not anything special, but getting everything to work well together is the challenge. A good street blower engine is basically two engines. A very well responding engine when under vacuum and a beast when under boost. 90% of the time the engine will be under vacuum, so it has to work well in stop & go traffic plus trips around the block. But when you need the boost, it has to transition flawlessly. The whole package has to work well.

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