Imho, an old 2101 Performer and a stock Q-Jet OR 1850 Holley, 600cfm carb, on a 300-36 intake and a cheap set of 1.625", 4-tube, long headers and say a cam like CC's 260HE and it should REALLY pick it up, imho!!
Note, Nothing Fancy at all!
Probably like 265hp at 4,500 to 5,000 rpm and 340t at 3,000 to 3,500 rpm uncorked!
Install a set of 1.94"/1.50" valved 64 cc chambered, bowl-blended, double-hump heads and .015" thick steel shim headgaskets to up your CR probably about a point to like 9.5 to 1 CR., and it come's right alive.
More like 330 hp at 5,500 rpm and 369 t at 3,500 to 4,000 rpm uncorked!
Add a CC 268HE cam and it becomes!!
349 hp at 5,500 rpm and 367 t at 4,500 rpm uncorked!
See what just a little hopping up can do to the little engine!
Now these numbers are per D2k, but still the little engine can make some decent power if you want to work w/ it and as always, jmho.
And later, everything can swap right over to a 355 engine if you want?
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