What engine is best

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by Thomas Mihalyi, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Or grab a sbc deal from someone changing plans. i just saw this today, i see stuff like this all the time. Just an example, but if budget matters and the car is already setup for a sbc that's not bad.

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  2. tom3

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    How about this for fun. Buy a generic 350 crate engine, put your 305 heads on it, a set of 1.6 : 1 rocker arms, free up the exhaust some, use every thing else already on your engine since it should be bolt on swaps. Last time I looked a 350 crate delivered was right at $1500, $100 or less for rocker arms, $50 for gaskets. Lots of bolt twisting. Make a real tire smoker with that. As money comes along you can build from this using that basic short block.
     
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    A lot is what you want to do with the car and your budget .If want to keep it a small block and its easier to swap in another one .A used and or crate engine are a couple of choices that way.
     
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    With the budget said, for quick up grade would be a rear gear change
     
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    Gosh you could get 350 cheaper than a gear a change. Crazy...I can't believe what people charge for 2nd gen rears now.
     
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    I was wondering myself what the gear may be in the late Z28 auto. I'd think with that 305 it would not be a 2:73? More like a 3:23 or so? But I'd look into that on down the road a bit.
     
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    A late year Z28 like a 1981 would have a 3.42. In a little older, the manuals got 3.73s while autos got 3.42
     
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    Maybe the OP will chime in again lol
     
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    I think hes one of them ONE HIT WONDERS, could be wrong though....nah.. Was plenty of good answers.
     
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    I was talking about the earlier 5.3 heads. Yes the 799's and 243's were used later and are indeed a good head but still belong on a 5.7, sure would like to test a set of either of them ported on a 6.0 or 6.2 bet they would make some impressive torque numbers with the smaller runners.
     

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