Big Blocks, How you like'n them?

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  1. Thunderkyss

    Thunderkyss Veteran Member

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    I wasn't planing on buying an engine for my car for a good while. I've got the car ('72 base 350, Z28 clone) sitting in my garage, but won't get to it until some time in January, maybe February.

    But I got a sweet deal (I think) on a Gen VI 454, supposed to pick it up Sunday (don't know where I'm going to put it).

    Here's my car

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    Needs a lot of work, plan on doing 70% or so myself.

    I wasn't sold on a BBC, thought about it, but I was also considering an LSx (I've got a 5.3 in my Avalanche & absolutely love it with the 4l80E 240K+ miles). I also liked the idea of putting a Gen II LT1 in it. I also have a '96 Z28, not crazy about that engine, but it would be cool to put an updated LT1 between the fenders of a '72.

    So I was cruising craigslist (I need to stop doing that) saw a guy had this for sale for a couple of months, called him, low-balled him. He more or less hung up in my face ( I don't blame him). He called me back an hour later threw a counter offer & I accepted. $400 for the complete motor & Trans from a '99 1 ton. According to him, it blew a headgasket & a friend of a friend convinced him to install another engine & transmission from a totalled suburban with less miles. He was going to try to recoup his money by selling the old set up. Technically he's losing money, technically I'm paying him to dispose of his garbage.

    Anywho, I've never driven a big block car, & was wondering if you guys are happy with yours & would you do it again? This car will be a weekend cruiser, during football season I'll drive it to Houston & back for the games, 180 miles round trip. Probably take it to the track once or twice a year.

    I'm thinking about copying this build in the future.
     
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    Big blocks make great street motors, and being a Gen VI its a roller cam motor, which is even better. But beware if its actually an 8.1 instead of the 454. The 8.1 is an odd duck for a variety of reasons, and has very little aftermarket support. If its really a 454 then you're good to go.
     
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    Do I like driving my BB,do I like driving my bb....hmmmmmm,lol.
     
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    I love my 540 :D
     
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    351maverick full time Ebay seller/hustler/car killer

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    too heavy
     
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    workout more.:crazy:
     
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    Love my big block, have had a couple 2nd gens before but they were all small blocks. Got my first taste of a big block in a 67 Camaro I owned about 4 years ago. There is no replacement for displacement! :)
     
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    Surely there has been someone who had second thoughts about it. Maybe they didn't care for the sound, it was louder than they thought it would be. Maybe the weight imbalance was too weird. Maybe the gas mileage was 10x worse than they expected. Maybe they got tired of tearing up BFGs.

    Being this will be a second car, a toy... I don't think any of those things being will be an issue for me. Just wondering what to expect.
     
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    I love my Big Blocks as they all sit in the garage collecting dust. My Small Blocks have done a pretty good job as of late.

    The Big Blocks do make a ton of tq. just gotta get it to the ground.
     

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