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Installing A 400M Short-Block Into A 351 Cleveland Stroker Engine - Kind Of A Cleveland
We Make Over 500 Hp With An Affordable Aluminum-Headed 400M.
With our first upgrade a success, we decided to install the custom roller cam from Cam Research. The Cam Research profile increased both the lift and duration figures compared to the Street Roller cam from Crower. The Cam Research cam offered 0.726 lift and dual-pattern duration figures of 250/254 degrees at 0.050. The cam also featured a tight lobe separation angle of 106 degrees. Looking just at the specs, you might be tempted to dismiss the cam as excessive, but just check out the power gains and you'll realize that there is much more to the cam grind than simple lift and duration figures. While we'd expect additional power gains from the increased duration, what really surprised us was that the Cam Research profile improved the power output everywhere, from 3,000 rpm to 6,500 rpm.
We bolted the Edelbrock RPM Air Gap intake back on, along with the 750 Holley, and with the Cam Research stick stuffed in, the peak numbers jumped from 489 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque with the Crower cam, to 519 hp and 519 lb-ft of torque. These peak numbers were further increased to 528 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque with the installation of a 1,000-cfm Holley carb (to replace the 750 Street).
The final test was to run the new cam with the CHI single-plane intake, and boy, did this combination work well. How does 568 hp and 542 lb-ft of torque sound? Remember this was all with a static compression ratio of just 9.5:1. I guess the aluminum-headed, tall-deck, stroker Clevelands will be getting a little more respect.
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