Does driveshaft increase horsepower?

The fact is, while you can’t gain horsepower through the driveshaft, you can certainly lose it. BalanceAnytime you increase the power output of a stock engine and subsequently increase the speed at which the engine operates, you need to look at driveshaft balance.

What is the 442 package?

The package was dubbed 4-4-2 based on its combination of four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and dual exhausts.

What does the 442 stand for on a Cutlass 442?

four-barrel carburetor
Confusingly, the 442 (pronounced “four four two”) did not have a 442-cubic-inch engine. Instead, the numerals indicated that the car had a four-barrel carburetor (atop a 330-cubic-inch V-8), a four-speed manual, and dual exhausts.

How do I balance my driveshaft?

To field balance a driveshaft, raise vehicle parallel to the ground so that the vehicle can be started and the tires and wheels can rotate freely. Measure about six inches from the yoke end, and place four marks 90 degrees apart around the driveshaft. Number them so that they can be identified.

How do I choose a driveshaft?

There are many factors to be considered when selecting a driveshaft. They include the type of shaft material, diameter, thickness and length, yokes, and U-joints that are properly rated for the task at hand.

What does the W 30 on a 442 mean?

This Oldsmobile 442 is equipped with the W-30 option package, which added the “Select-Fit” engine components, a W25 fiberglass hood which provides outside air induction through functional air scoops, a low-restriction air cleaner, a Winters aluminum intake manifold as well as a longer-duration, higher-lift cam.

Do driveshafts go out of balance?

If driveshaft is suspected of being out of balance, check for missing balance weights, broken welds and any build up of dirt or paint that could cause the driveshaft balance to be affected. Inspect U-Joint and clamps for wear or looseness, replace if required. If the driveshaft is bent, it will have to be replaced.