How To Increase Your Cars Horsepower for Cheap

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Consider installing a high-flow air filter or an after market air intake


If you can afford to buy a Maserati Granturismo or 2014 Porsche Cayman sports car you won’t have too much concern about “horsepower” or that idiot in the next lane that lowers his car window and yells: “Hey sport! You wanna race?” On the other hand those more sensible car owners and drivers may wish to have a chat with the experts here at Southwest Engines for a more affordable and professional opinion about ways to increase horsepower in the vehicle they already own and drive; sounds like good advice, huh!


All that said we would like to present 5 ways for a person wanting to increase their horsepower and get the job done right the first time so they’ll be able to fool the next “clown” at a stop light who challenges you to a race saying: “You think that old clunker can beat this clunker, pal?” One fact about increasing horsepower in older vehicles is knowing whether it’s a V8 or V6; like a Lincoln Towncar. Most V8 engines will get a power boost from a true dual exhaust and an “H” pipe. Also keeping your car running smooth and in good shape can always boost power too. What we’re saying here is that no matter what kind of car you have, you can always add a little or a lot of horsepower increase, but eventually it will come down to time and money.


The folks here at Southwest Engines say that as a rule, you start with the components that are farthest from the engine and work your way inwards. For most cars you’ll start with the air intakes. So the cheapest and easiest ways to increase your cars horsepower boils down to this:


#1 – Clean all the junk out of your car reducing its weight
#2 – Clean out or pay someone to clean out the engine and air intake (may be a DIY job)
#3 – Go up “one” size in your spark plugs
#4 – Get MSD coil packs for your make and model vehicle
#5 – Install the following: A high-flow air filter or an after market air intake.


Install a “high-flow” converter or “turbo muffler” or both. Avoid getting the biggest since it may reduce performance. You might also consider removing the air silencer for more power and sound. Plus keeping your car running cool and well tuned can always boost your horsepower as well.



Used Mercury Grand Marquis Engines

The Mercury Grand Marquis has been a part of the Mercury line up since 1983. The full size four door sedan grew into its own model after several successful years as a trim package for the Mercury Marquis. It is currently assembled in Canada at the St Thomas Assembly Plant.

From 1983 through 1986, the first generation of the Grand Marquis, few changes were made that would differentiate from the former Mercury Marquis. These changes would include a redesigned grille for the front and new taillights for the rear. The engine would also change to a fuel injected 302 Windsor V8 engine. This engine would be the only one offered until the Grand Marquis would be updated for its second generation showing.

Though the second generation would not officially begin until 1992, the Grand Marquis would see some physical changes for 1988. The two door coupe was officially dropped and side airbags would be added for 1990. When the second generation was launched in 1992, changes were made to the body styling. Rounded curves replaced the aging squared off look that had dominated the eighties. Passenger side airbags were added and Mercury would change the engine out to a 4.6 L SOHC Modular V8. Other exterior changes were made during the nineties, as well as changes to some of the dash instruments. Analog instrument clusters continued to be offered as standard though an upgrade to digital ones was also and option.

The third generation Grand Marquis was introduced in 1998. Changes continued to be made to refresh the look of the Grand Marquis. Options were added and changes were made to the interior as well. For the twenty first century the Grand Marquis received another facelift and changes were made to the interior door panels. For 2006, changes were made to the grill which gave it a retro look, hearkening back to the early days of the original Grand Marquis. At the moment, Mercury has no plans to end production of the Grand Marquis and this car should continue to be produce, at least for the near future.