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PostSubject: turboflash vs Golden commando   Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:34 pm

I have found a '58 350 for my car but its from a 58 desoto firesweep. This should be practically the same as a golden commando right? Could any one shed some light on what the difference might be between a turboflash and a golden commando?

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PostSubject: Re: turboflash vs Golden commando   Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:15 pm

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Some details in the above link. I don't think they are all that similar. The Plymouth version of the 350 was called the Golden Commando, and had 305 hp; the DeSoto version, Turboflash, produced up to 295 hp. The Dodge D500 did even better pushing 320hp.


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PostSubject: Re: turboflash vs Golden commando   Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:42 pm

Thanks Joe, I found that article too. I wonder what the actual difference is. I can see the plymouth version having an edge over the desoto because of the dual quad carb set up. I cant find any reason the d500 would be even higher.

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PostSubject: Re: turboflash vs Golden commando   Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:49 am

They built 361 cid engines; L-360 will be stamped on the 1958 (made in 1957) block. It is 1/16" larger in cylinder bore, 4.12"

The 361 was essentially a bored 350.

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PostSubject: Re: turboflash vs Golden commando   Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:30 pm

Ok, I feel dumb now. The way I was reading the allpar article is that the D500 was also a 350. I did a little more digging ( i don't know how i missed it last night)

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"The D500 option was one of two options for the engine. The D500 was a 361 V8 with a 4 barrel carbie, a very similar engine to the 350. The Dodge workshop manual refers to this engine as a 360."

That would explain the higher numbers on the D500.

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