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well what has been done meaning how many modifications, and the carburator will determine how much gas is put into the engine basically. The bigger the carb, the more gas, and usually the more power (don't go overboard on the carb tho).
I have a 351w but havn't been able to determine my mpg yet. Wouldn't be suprised if it was 12.
Hahaha...do you really want to know the answer to that question? Mine, with a stock 4300 4v gets an average of 12 mpg, which is mostly city/country driving. If I were to drive on the highway I would expect it to get much better.
1969 Mach 1 - 351W-4V, FMX auto (original 4-speed)
Fuel economy, is more than just carb and engine mods. A poorly tuned carb will affect mileage. You also have to consider transmission, gear ratio and tire diameter. My 351w has a roller cam, Holly Systemaxx II heads, 650 Speed Demon carb, T5, 3.50 gears, and 25" tall tires. The combo on the highway gets me almost 19 mpg in 5th gear.
My Cuda has a 318, holley 450 cfm carb, T5, 4.11 gears, 25" tall tires, 5th gear on the highway, 18 mpg.
My Falcon, had a 260 and 2 speed ford-o-matic, 2v carb, 3.0 gears, 25" tall tires, got me 13 mpg on the highway. Swapped in a roller 302, holley 450, T5, and 26" tall tires. 5th gear on the highway gets me 21mpg.
289, paxton 6lbs boost, 650 bouble pumper, 4 speed toploader, 3.55 gears, 25" all tires, =8mpg on the highway.
I calibrate my speedo after all my car mods that affect the odometer. If you change the rear end gears to highway gears you can gain a few more mpg. Taller tires will help, and overdrive.
My newest combo, 408, Vortech 15lbs boost,750 blow through Demon, Viper 6 speed, 3.70 gears and 25" tall tires. 6th gear @ 2000 rpm=80mph. I will be happy if I can get 14 mpg on the highway.
so basically the bigger the carb. the more gas it uses??because im going to buy a 351w soon from Bad *** Engines in Sonoma, CA, and i was wondering what type of carb. should i get if i want 330-350 HP??
A 4 barrel carb will almost always use more fuel than a 2 barrel. I say "almost" because, in theory, if you keep your foot out of the accelerator, the primaries on a typical 4 barrel are smaller than on a 2 barrel and should use less fuel. That being said... what's the point of having a 4 barrel if you aren't using all of them? I think for the majority of us that have classic Mustangs, fuel mileage isn't on the top of our concern list. If that were the case, we would all be driving little hybrids! The guys at Bad *** Engines will probably have great advice on which carb would work well with one of their engines. I have an Edelbrock Performer on my 351W and it seems to work well for me. A lot of people use Holley carbs also. Do a search on here and you'll be overwhelmed with information. Good luck!
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