At Central Florida Customs we
understand how to properly set up high performance engine and drive train
combinations. Many factors are involved in this phase of a
project starting with understanding how the
customer expects the vehicle to perform. Performance and
reliability should be the first concern. Too often
customers are influenced by horsepower and torque numbers.
Customers have to be realistic with their approach to drive
train combinations. Knowing how the vehicle will be used
helps us determine what you need. If the vehicle will be
used mainly for street driving, you do not need to waste
money on exotic parts and combos as you will likely never
see the benefit. Remember most high horsepower engines make
peak power above 5000 RPM. How many times are you going to
see that RPM in stoplight to stoplight afternoon traffic? Be
realistic with your goals!
Competition and "hot" street
engines are built with the understanding that you give up
some "streetability" to see the intended benefit.
Full competition engines will not perform in a street
environment, nor will they live very long!
Rear end and transmission
gearing greatly affect performance. Overdrive transmissions
allow you to run bigger rear gears in a street environment
such as 3:70-1 ratio and up. 4 speed street cars should stay
around 3:50-1 ratio. Remember, if you want to take a cruise
to the beach, on the interstate at 65 MPH, a vehicle with
bigger gears will be screaming at highway speeds compared to
a numerically lower gear set. This causes undue wear and
tear on parts, generates more heat and vibration and generally makes for an
uncomfortable experience. Competition engines have to be
built with more extreme-duty parts to live in their
environment. Crankshafts, rods, pistons and blocks have to
be carefully selected for your particular application. Heads
and valve train have to be matched for a specific purpose
whether street or competition.
We understand that
there is a lot of confusion in this area and Central Florida Customs is
here to help you get the most benefit for your application
whether street engines or all out drag race combinations. We
have the knowledge and experience to guide you through this
decision making process ensuring the end result is a
satisfied customer whose vehicle performs as intended -
consistently! Don't forget the old saying, "Speed is a
question of money - How fast do you really need to go?!"
If you have
engine or drive train questions about your classic, muscle or show car project and would like
more information, please call us direct at 407 290-2300.