Gears do have a lot to do with how much you will suffer on the bottom end, But i would suggest a rpm air gap, your setup seems relivly mild and the cam is a low rpm cam, But what is prob going to save you is your 2800 rpm converter, Your prob going to get a little bit more than 2800 out of it because of the gears and all the torque your motor will make. Im kinda on the fence.NovaDad said:Years ago, I put an Edlebrock Tarantula (TM2-O?), a similar "single plain" intake, on a stock SS 396 Chevelle w/ 4 speed and stock gears that I owned at the time. I lost an awful lot of bottom end. Later, I installed that same intake on an SS 396 Nova w/ 4 speed and "4:88" gears and found it was a totally different animal! The gears made a big difference in the way the intake responded and in the "seat of the pants feel!"
I think for a street car, I would be more inclined to stay with a good "dual plain" intake.
Trantula intakes looked cool but i was under the impression they had horrible flow charicteristics. But like i said they looked cool, the only intake i know of there the carb is kicked out at a 15* angle