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Discussion in 'Maserati' started by ignominus, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. staatsof

    staatsof Eight Time F1 World Champ
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    At the time there were all sorts of unofficial cams available for these V8's as well as cam timing specs. The choked off performance of a USA spec engine was easily rectified. Just take the GD crap off. In fact, you really couldn't run the late cars with those thermal reactors on or they would burn up. Maserati and USA Federal missions technology didn't get along very well until 1987 and never in the GT cars or QPIII.
     
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  3. Ferraripilot

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    I would definitely be interested in learning the various V8 camshaft specs during the era. Dimi Elgin has a little data on these but not much, just enough for him to yell about what garbage they were (typical Dimi haha). I can't imagine they varied much if at all during the late 60s-70s, nor why they would opt for one cam spec in a Bora vs something else in a Khamsin. I know the US and Euro Merak SS cams are in fact the same cam, the US cars just had choked headers and air injection.
     
  4. staatsof

    staatsof Eight Time F1 World Champ
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    Al Burtoni was the expert in the USA on all of this back then. He's long gone now. Guys like him and others had contacts with the factory to get special equipment and info. I doubt if any of that is documented. Euro cam timing specs for the V8 are ... somewhere. I used to have a very nice document that the southern California chapter of MOCNA produced with one of their members, Stan Bishop. I bet that's floating around somewhere. When I went to re-time my USA spec Bora engine it was already set to that.
     
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  5. emsiegel13

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    All the models have lower horsepower than cited by the factory. A really good engine in Euro trim has about 295 horsepower, just about 60 horsepower per liter which was a typical figure in those days.
     
  6. Ferraripilot

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    The Indy engine in question was indeed a 4.7L. I was surprised, not at the power output, but at how low in the rpm range it kicked it out. Really nice stump puller

    I haven't seen the dyno sheet but the same shop did a 4.9 engine and state it made 320bhp.
     
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  8. rob

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    I’ve never heard of an Indy until today when I saw one listed for sale. I really like it seems to be undervalued in this market for what it is. Wondering how I would fit in one roofline looks a bit low.
     
  9. Froggie

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    Rob, there is ample space in the cabin and under the roof top, much more than in a Ghibli that is lower.
    Actually you are sitting very low in the seat wrt body line.
    Myself I am not very tall, 5'7" with normal chest and legs, and I have elevated the bottom of the seat by a few cm to comfortably see above the dashboard top.

    And yes, the Indy is definitely undervalued imho, especially compared to the Ghibli whereas it has basically the same mechanics (except a wet sump and, for the 4900, the Citroen LHM braking system) and similar interior trim in comfortable 2 + 2 configuration (two real rear seats and large boot) instead of only two seats in the Ghibli.
     
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