|Originally posted by larry mimbs:|
I believe these are the same rods used in the Pontiac 301 v8. Did they have problems with the rods? I'm not sure about horsepower, but they had a turbo version which would have loaded the rods pretty well. Is it possible that the low final drive gear (4.10) made over-revs more common?
You can hope, wish, conjecture, speculate, and second-guess all you want but the fact is and will remain that the stock rods are not a good choice for performance. The 301 turbo did not really "load" the rods, it only made something like 200 hp- figure the BMEP for that. Would a 4.10 car spend more time at revs- sure, bit plenty of 2.5s have been exploded while connected to 2.84 autos- ive done it.