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First off, back then Detroit was coping with new emission regs and mileage standards. The engines all had wimp cam shafts, low compression, small carburation and 2 something gearing. A lot of people blamed the Lean Burn system on the vehicles low performance. In reality, probably 75% of the LB system was dedicated to cold starts where the most pollution control was needed. But off it went and replaced by conventional electronic ignition. Cars didn't all of a sudden wake up and become capable performers from the switch. The LB systems in reality worked well but they had to be maintained. A lot of dealer mechanics were poorly trained on LB as well.
Add to this substantial increases in weight that cam with new impact standards so you've got a heavier car, economy gearing, and reduced power. A perfect storm for low performance.
 
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Police240 @ 4,800275 @ 4,400
4-barrel HP250 @ 4,800275 @ 4,400
4-barrel205 @ 4,000230 @ 4,000
2-barrel185 @ 4,000
1974 horsepower400440

1974 horsepower? Guess I over-looked that one too lmao
1974 horsepower means the ratings for model year 1974.
 
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