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I built up a set of 3.54 first and had a lot of fun grinding out the housing to allow the larger pinion. I drove the car to Buffalo in 2001 and it handles well with the ratio.
I built up a set of 384 gears with Arnold Romberg and put them in my car for testing. They are Much easier to build up because of the size of the pinion. The only thing that I noticed is the higher engine rpm at highway speed. The engine had issues with the exhaust valves that were seated too far into the block. This changed the spring compression length and allowed the valves to float reducing the max highway speed. I have since fixed the valves.
I am planning to go back to the 354 ratio. With a 4 speed clark transmission the 354 gives me a usable first gear.