it's all the little things that add up (big block swap)

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  1. Jimmac

    Jimmac Veteran Member

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    it's been 3 weeks and it's almost done. got a cheap 454 a couple months back with what the seller thought was a blown head gasket. So I decided why not put it in the camaro. ordered a set of summit headers, and decided to just go for it. I have the brackets and pulley, a rpm intake, passenger car pan, pump and pickup.
    So bout with the 400 and drop in the 454.
    1. motor mounts were bad. $15
    2. need a waterpump $55
    3.belts and hoses . $50
    4. battery cables $14
    5 remote solenoid kit. $23
    6. carb was shot, buddy had a new 750 $175
    7. old hei cap was bad, weight post shot
    new hei $110
    8 charging system went nuts.
    internal alt and a set of plugs $92
    9. rpm needs a scoop. $ 330 cowl hood.
    not counting oil, antifreeze and the misc stuff I had in the shed.
    still need a set of bb springs.

    In the end, it was worth it. jim
     
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    I thought the story was going to end bad. Glad it worked out for you. How's she running?
     
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    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Put a 8-71 blower on it , I know you want to !!!!
     
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    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Then he'd really have a blown head gasket. lol
     
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    Glad it was worth it to ya Jim. Good thing you already had a lot of the stuff. It could have been a hell of a lot more $$$.
     
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    been hoarding parts for awhile, 454 was originally going into the 66 chevelle but changed my mind at the last minute.
    The motor runs really good, no smoke, 40psi oil pressure.
    I've got a set of 3.31 gears and a eaton posi I'd like to install someday to replace the 3.07 and lock tire. jim
     
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    Sounds good Jim
     
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    I have been hording 454 stuff for about 20 years, just getting to use it now. I still like my Small Blocks though, they were damn quick and fast for they were. Just bought an 1150 Dominator I figured I could put it on something big, like a block.
     
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    Your exact scenario is why I got an LS1...Back in 2009 ish...I had a GEN V block, forged rotating assembly, Vic Jr heads...all the odds and ends and it kept adding up!!! Looked at over all cost and power...Sold it all and bought the LS1.
     
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    if you dont count the hood, I think the out of pocket cost was under 800 including all the stuff I collected.
    I'm pretty sure I couldnt get into a ls swap for close to that since I dont have any parts or any background on LS swaps. I know they run great, make a ton of hp. I dont think I could pull a motor out and have a LS driving out of my back yard in 2 weeks working on it after work. jim
     

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