Originally Posted by 2airishuman
well go read,
of course THAT personal experience is not with the 6 l or 8 liter, but rather a 70s 454...
that was TWEAKED TO THE MAX and moved at 80+ mph easily on the flats (even at altitude)
eat it with a shake of salt.
again since NO UPGRADES are planned what's the point of reports good or bad, just go and try it yourself.
The 454 info is a great baseline for discussion. Based on your 454 experience, it was a carb correct? And the 70's Burbs (I assume you mean burb) had front disc brakes and rear drums correct?
So braking experience would be different than disc all around (how different I do not know but fade would be less than with drums).
Then there is the carb vs modern fuel injection. Again not sure how different it would be but naturally aspirated vs tuned port injection would also have a difference.
Also as you have pointed out many times its the total package. So what gears were you running and which tranny did you have? Did you have a multi pass tranny cooler installed? And what was your loaded weight on the TT?
My biggest concern with any tow in any location is stopping. Now braking should not be affected by altitude... it is simple friction and the difference in air density should not have as big of an effect on the cooling of the brakes as it does on the efficiency of combustion. So I would expect that high quality brake material that stops you at 2000 feet should stop you at 8000 feet (all things be equal, duration of braking, dropping from speed x to y etc). Ofcourse as with any situation you should drive according to conditions and on a long descent that may mean a change in braking charateristics and therefore driving style.
I do not understand how this will stress the steering system. Can you enlighten me?
As for modifications, the only 2 that seem to scientifically and financially (ie bang for the buck) make sense would be a change to 4.10 gears and if braking is an issue adding crossed drilled racing type rotors for additional cooling and grip.
I never said I was not going to make mods. I said I am not buying a new tow vehicle.
As for going slow and people tossing stuff at me or dirty looks, heck so far I have survived this post. I think I can handle that too...