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So I have an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold on my small block.. either the thing just wont get tight enough or it is warped.. I have washers under the bolts for bolt clearance but that still doesnt help.. on the passenger side, i keep getting oil coming up from under the manifold!

Here is the scoop, I got an Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold that is brand new in the box.. I could always go throw that on and my problem would be solved right? Too bad this intake doesnt match my application.. This is a 71 nova daily driver haha When the hell am I really going to get into the 3500-8500 power band? It would match my heads nicely. I just got new ported and polished 23 degree heads and this intake is reccommended, but I dont know if i want to dog my power band like that....

What do you think?

Im sick of the oil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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i would take the RPM range listed by manufactures with a grain. The super victor also fits a 265 to a " as big as you want 23 degree 400+" engine. Take a look at how some camshafts are listed. Same deal.

Of course the performer would have better manners under 2500 at WOT. But if you used a good converter with the super victor to help it get in its range , I doubt it would totally disapoint you once you take in consideration how to work with it. What carburator are you using ???
 

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i would take the RPM range listed by manufactures with a grain. The super victor also fits a 265 to a " as big as you want 23 degree 400+" engine. Take a look at how some camshafts are listed. Same deal.

Of course the performer would have better manners under 2500 at WOT. But if you used a good converter with the super victor to help it get in its range , I doubt it would totally disapoint you once you take in consideration how to work with it. What carburator are you using ???

Yeah well maybe ill look into another torque converter but i just have an edelbrock 4 barrel 600 cfm. This thing reccommends a holley double pump haha
 

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Have the heads been milled? Has the block been decked? If so, you may need to have the manifold cut a little to make up the mismatch. There are also some real thick intake gaskets that may help seal it up.

Do you want to sell that Super Victor? Or trade it for a Performer RPM Air-Gap?
 

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Yeah well maybe ill look into another torque converter but i just have an edelbrock 4 barrel 600 cfm. This thing reccommends a holley double pump haha
well thats the optimum setup with that intake but its still going to run with a 600 or 750VS carb.,, If i already had a great intake like that i'd keep it. I bet later on you might want to build something better and you'll already have a decent intake.

Lets get to the original problem ,,, was there any machine work done to the block and heads thats causing this mis-match ?? And like has been noted , there is thicker gaskets that will help you get rid of this problem , but its one of those things you have to know to ask for , or explain this to your local parts man and see if you can look up thicker gaskets for you. I'd check at a high end performance machine shop/engine builder, they prolly keep them in stock. I've never ran into an intake thats been that far off so i doubt there is anything wrong with it unless its been machined to fit a set of heads thats been cut.
 

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apple, Where are you located? Service Center in El Monte has a pretty good selection of gaskets in stock--see Richard.
Easiest thing would be to remove the manifold and all the gasket material, then lay the intake in place to see how it fits--maybe you can determine what it needs from there.
 
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