I’ve owned a 1979 camaro z28 for close to 8 years now. Got the car when I was 15. It was a barn find with 22,000 original miles. 350 with a 4 speed. Came with all original paperwork, Jack, spare. All original from factory. Amazing shape. I put a lot of time into it when I was younger, stopped when I went to college and am now wanting to finish or atleast be able to drive and enjoy it before I go to medical school and once again have little time for it. so far it’s been repainted, I have restored the brakes, brake lines, fuel lines, sending unit, painted underneath and the engine bay, window trim/weatherstripping, interior and pretty much everything else except for some more cosmetic work and the biggest thing, the engine. I always wanted to keep it stock since it’s an original barn find, however I don’t plan on selling the car and want to be able to enjoy it. My original plan was to buy another crate 350 and leave the original engine stock and just clean it up overtime. However, I can’t afford a new crate engine at the moment and I’m running out of time to get the car running before I go to school and actually enjoy my project. I decided on using the original motor for the time being, adding some performance upgrades while also keeping all the stock parts in case I ever want to restore it to its original self. Saves me time and money since I can afford to upgrade the engine I have. My goal is to have a nice streetcar with some performance, the original feel everywhere else. Nothing crazy but more than the original 175 hp. I recently got lucky and found someone selling brand new sbc parts for cheap because a shop closed down. This included a Holley air cleaner, Edelbrock performer rpm intake, Holley 600 street warrior, and a streetfire distributor. My issue is I’ve been doing research on these parts and general performance upgrades on the original 350 and most people point to the heads of these engines. I was going to restore Vortec heads and with these parts I would have a pretty enjoyable street engine with some get-up. But then I realized that the performer rpm may cause a hood clearance issue since another thread said it was taller than the original intake. The forum said with Vortec heads the engine would be too high but with the stock heads it clears. I plan on getting a new cam and headers/exhaust but I’m at a crossroads with the heads. The original ones are in amazing shape but obviously aren’t the best for performance. I got the intake for an amazing deal but should I sell it, buy a low rise intake, and continue with Vortec heads. Thoughts?