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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Turbo Camaro

Over two years ago I wrote a post asking Can 6=8 For My Camaro? The only logical answer would be "sure, if you want it to." Since then, I've purchased books, DVD's, magazines and read hundreds of articles on engine swaps, crate motors, performance upgrades and several months ago I finally made a decision. My 250 cubic inch Chevy Inline 6 engine will not only equal 8 cylinders, it will surpass the norm. I've got the parts list together to rebuild the engine and outfit a forced induction system.

For those of you who don't want to go read Wikipedia on forced induction, I will give you the straight goods. I'm going to install a Turbocharger, which takes the exhaust gas and recirculates it at high pressure back through the engine, allowing for an accelerated fuel burn. If that makes sense, then you should guess more burn, means more power. This upgrade allows the engine to remain mostly stock, thus keeping stock fuel economy until the gas pedal is firmly pressed. I'll end up with a unique engine, decent fuel economy and the performance of a V8.

I'm actively tracking down the required parts off Ebay and Craigslist and hope to have them pooled together within the next year or so. There will be some fabrication to be done, but nothing I can't manage. I probably won't update my blog as I go, but will certainly post the outcome.

Ian

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