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I've been meaning to chime in

April 5 2018 at 9:12 PM
Bruce  (Login 427Cuda)


Response to Hi Bruce, always good hearing from you

We did not run the boat in 2016, but managed to get out 2 or 3 times in 2017. This coming summer she'll get run a lot! I actually tried 2 Holleys on it, one a 6oo CFM that was set up for a SBF. It ran well, but the secondaries came in very late and a friend warned me that it would be jetted too lean. I tried the 650 which was set up for a 330 hp 454 and it ran great. We are running a crab cap. I had tried a 2nd distributor to rule out an electrical problem and there were none.

I've found it a challenge to find the right prop for our Correct Craft. We're limited to a 12 or 12.5 diameter prop due to hull clearance. I've tried several between a 16 and 18 pitch, Acme and OJ. The 18 pitch props keep the rpms down to 4000 - 4200 rpms, but it's like driving a car with .270 gears. Not exciting and the boat just doesn't sound right to be turning 1800 rpms and going 30 mph. The best prop we have run is an OJ stainless steel 12x16. The engine turns a little fast at 4700 rpm, but it sounds great and throttle response at all rpms is thrilling. We're leaving a few MPH on the table, but 50 is fast enough in that boat. There aren't a lot of options for 12" RH props out there.

Have you run your 427 Lancer yet?

 
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