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    What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Thought I would start a new thread. After doing some research for another thread, I have found that the rated HP for the 8-6-4 368 is 140HP. This number is at 3800RPM. That is much lower than other engine's ratings. What are your thoughts? Is that peak HP? Is it all out of breath past 3800? Or, did it make more at 4000 (4500?).

    Interested to hear opinions. I don't suppose many of us have dyno numbers on one of these beasts...

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Mines about 150 and it's the same engine but the 80 model, not the 81 variable displacement v864

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Yes, 150 is the factory rating for the carbed 1980. Not sure of the RPM, though. Would be interested to know.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Yes, for me the horse power which is specified in documents is very important: if it is 150 h.p. that I will pay a tax only 50 dollars a year, and if 264, already nearly 1000... Difference as you see not small (((

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    You still haven't told us where you get 264 from.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    You still haven't told us where you get 264 from.
    I with pleasure would tell you... But here awful mess! I don't understand from where in documents such figures, the real VIN probably wasn't deciphered and chose any car. As option - Escalade.The customs sometimes too are mistaken. And then we can't deal with how to pay a tax)))On it I also wanted to learn what here the motor and what capacity from it. If it is valid 150, I will try to change documents.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    If the late 70's Chevy 350's are rated at 180 hp, the 4.1 being rated at 150 almost sound optimistic. I think the Cad 425's were rated around 180 too. I think the Olds 403 was rated below 200 hp and that engine was a beast. All these engines could probably be rated 100 hp higher if it were measured at the crank, which nobody has done since 1970. I'm sure there is plenty of documentation out there that the 4.1 is a 150 hp engine at best.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    I seem found from where figure 264 undertook... Unfortunately site in Russian:
    http://www.autonet.ru/catalog/auto/detail/267872.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac_al
    If the late 70's Chevy 350's are rated at 180 hp, the 4.1 being rated at 150 almost sound optimistic. I think the Cad 425's were rated around 180 too. I think the Olds 403 was rated below 200 hp and that engine was a beast. All these engines could probably be rated 100 hp higher if it were measured at the crank, which nobody has done since 1970. I'm sure there is plenty of documentation out there that the 4.1 is a 150 hp engine at best.
    Al, I assume you meant 368 instead of 4.1.? No way a 4.1 has 150 hp.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Al, I assume you meant 368 instead of 4.1.? No way a 4.1 has 150 hp.
    Do you mean the HT4100 4.1? In 1984 it was rated at 135HP, I believe.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    Um, yeah, I thought we were talking about the 4.1. I'm surprised the 368 was only 150 hp. That is an engineering feat in itself; to make so little power out of 368 cubes.

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    Re: What's the real peak HP of the 1981 368?

    That's funny, I thought we were talking about the 1981 368...

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    I'd bet the 368 really is rated at 140hp because engineers probably wanted smooth power at city speeds. The cam probably falls flat anywhere above that since it's range is in the low RPMs. I'd bet it can do a mean burnout. The 1975 caddy 500 is rated at like 190hp.

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