I ran a 625cfm 383 avs on my 440 until I could find a 440 carb. You couldn’t jab the throttle, and you couldn’t go full throttle, or it would be way too lean. Once I found a 750 cfm 440 afb, just changing the carb really woke up the car. That’s why I suggested carb before anything else. Also put an air to fuel ratio gauge so you can see what’s going on.
I know you’ll get a lot of different opinions on carbs. The Thermoquad is a good carb, a lot of people don’t see the full potential, and you can get them pretty cheap.
Or if you can afford it and hit the easy button. The Edelbrock avs2 800cfm is a good choice too. Buy the tuning kit that comes with it, it’ll have a chart to help based on your afr numbers, most of the time it’s just metering rod changes, and you don’t even have to take the entire carb apart to do that. Just loosen these screws, pull the cover to the side, and make your change.
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