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Charley PHX

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Rebuilding 1967 L35 396
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:50:22 AM »

I am having an L35 396" motor built for 1967 restoration project (original 4N car).

I'm wanting to keep it as stock as possible, however engine builder is recommending that with stock L35 cam, we use lower compression pistons (around 9.5:1) instead of the stock 10.25:1; to reduce pinging and improve driveability.   Car will be driven sparingly on the street, mainly from home to shows & back, would like to use pump gas if possible.


1) Is there anyone out there with a STOCK L35 (1967) engine (cam & pistons) and can it be driven with pump gas?? Or do you have to do something special for fuel like octane boosters or racing gas??

2) Anyone with a rebuilt '67 L35-- If you've rebuilt to a non-stock configuration, any comments on results & driveability with the cams and/or pistons you used?



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Re: Rebuilding 1967 L35 396
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 09:59:54 PM »
HP come from the CR. Don't drop it.

I'll quote Jerry here:
You can run these on pump gas without issues.  It's the carb and dist set up and tuning that makes it happen.  Wrong plugs, jetting dist set up engine will ping.
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Re: Rebuilding 1967 L35 396
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 10:17:07 PM »
The L35 is based on a  certain HP 396 i.e. 325 HP vs an L34 which is 350 HP but is the same 396. In my opinion you chage the motor if you change the piston and CR therefore it is no longer really a L35. You can keep the pistons and CR by using a 93 Octante pump gas no problems it is still pump gas no additaves needed.