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Old 22nd-March-2008, 02:01 AM   #1
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How to install a Tunnel ram?

Ok so Im getting this 63 nova. And it needs a ton of body work which is being done. But the engine is BADA** it has around 450hp and I want to put in a tunnel ram because it looks smokin and I have the hp to do it. How would I go around doing this? What are all the parts I need and if you could recomend a site for it all that would be great. Im kinda new so done rip me apart.
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Old 22nd-March-2008, 11:44 AM   #2
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Old 22nd-March-2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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The style of engine through the hood has gone by the way side 20years ago! alot better ways to look cool try a nice set of shoes and a great stance!
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You'll need the manifold base, the proper top piece(single carb or 2 carb), gaskets,carbs of course, linkage, air cleaners, and I think that's it. Edlebrock sells a street tunnel ram setup. You might look that up online at Summits website. They usually give you a list of parts needed with manifolds etc. You might also just call their tech line and see what they recommend for parts.
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Im having trouble finding the parts. Can you help me out?
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Old 22nd-March-2008, 04:25 PM   #6
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and I have the hp to do it
You'll be happier with whatever manifold made the 450 h.p. You might pick up a little power with the tunnel ram, but not enough to make it worth all the expense and hassle of running multiple carbs--a single carb tunnel ran looks like crap, and usually runs worse than it looks.
If you really HAVE to have one, try contacting Steve Dulcich at Engine Masters magazine--he has good luck with them on the dyno; but I don't think he ever actually puts one in a car!
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Old 22nd-March-2008, 08:18 PM   #7
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Ok thanks guys. So pretty much the cost and time isn't worth the reward.
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Ok thanks guys. So pretty much the cost and time isn't worth the reward.
Thats pretty much it even though I told you what you would need. I just answered your question. The manifolds that are made today are vastly superior to the technology of 20-40 yrs ago. A single carb is much easier to tune. Unless you have an all out race engine or really want that nostalgia look I would stay away from it. Modern technology single 4 barrel manifolds run as good or better as the old style multi carb stuff.
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Old 23rd-March-2008, 01:52 AM   #9
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The engine is set up for drag racing, the cam has around a 310 duration, full custom exhaust, and B&M shift kit.

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Old 23rd-March-2008, 11:09 AM   #10
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Old 23rd-March-2008, 12:00 PM   #11
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I just love the look. When you're rolling down the street people just think bada**
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People that know better are thinking what the hell year was that car built 1972!
Performance should always take a front row seat if not. Your going to look pretty dumb when you mash the loud pedal with a tunnel ram bolted on a stock engine!
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i ran a tunnel ram on my last nova, it was a 396BB and very healthy.. it wasnt a daily driver and other then a blower they are the coolest! if you want a t-ram then do it
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People that know better are thinking what the hell year was that car built 1972!
Performance should always take a front row seat if not. Your going to look pretty dumb when you mash the loud pedal with a tunnel ram bolted on a stock engine!
I said earlier that it was not stock. It has angle plug headers, 310 duration in cam, bored out, and a ton of other stuff. Its pushing 450hp. Definitely not stock.
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Tunnel Ram

There are about three top brand name tunnel rams..Weiand, Dart , Eledbrock, and Summit who makes a combo kit..The Weiand will cost you about $305.00, the Dart $795.95 and Eledbrock somewhere in between the Dart and Weiand..Summit sells a combo kit for $745.95 W/450 Holleys..And a combo w/600 Holleys for $779.95...

I'm not sure if this is with the linkage which will set you back another $170.00..

There are still alot of used ones out there, so if you can wait just start shopping around and you will find on sooner or later...
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