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Well lets just say the F version small block motor is LH rotation

July 30 2010 at 10:43 AM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Proof the 23 Lancer outdrive uses a LH standard automotive motor !

I went back and looked at your earlier photos and I see clearly this is a flywheel aft (F) motor with distributor aft as well as we would all expect to see. At some point the power for these 23' Lancers transitioned to the Q series and then all bets are off regarding rotation, etc.

Since this is an F motor I think you have the option to install the aluminum Edelbrock Performer intake, that Wes indicated he liked very much, so that's an option now and later too. I am considering such a swap, already have one on my 327H powered wood speedboat and it works well.

The Essential Guide indicated the a 283 or 307 with no designation regarding whether it was an F or Q motor, but this one is clearly an F from the photos. My question is did you replace the long block with a 283, 307, 327, or 350 and if so, do you know what compression ratio you will be running ?

Really good to see you are making this kind of progress, will be a new boat when you're done, would cost $60,000 or more new on the showroom floor.



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