Budget horsepower?

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    Abz28_79 New Member

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    Me and my dad recently got a project 1979 z28 it’s an automatic I’m asking for any tips/advise to increase the power of the stock motor or any performance upgrades that will make a difference to the feel of the muted motor I’ve heard that changing the heads will make more power but at 82,000 miles I don’t know if it’s even worth it. Thank you.
     
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    Intake / carb swap

    Headers with newer free flowing exhaust
     
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    Thanks for the advise do you recommend shorty headers or long tubes?
     
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    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I myself like long tubes but for your Camaro it's all dependent on if your Camaro is lowered then you might end up with clearance issues running long tubes
     
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    I don’t plan on lowering it right now maybe later on but I’m going to stick with the stock ride hight right now so I’ll look into going with long tubes thanks
     
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    Intake .headers true dual exhaust .and tune your carb for it is a start.You can even make you hood scoop functional as well.
     
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    So how can I make it functional I know it only for style but do I just hacksaw it?
     
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    I am a big fan of “free” horsepower, the things that don’t necessarily cause your engine to work harder but reduce parasitic loss. Electric fans help substantially over the old stamped steel fans. I will have to find the write up again but the stamped steel fans were like 25-30 horsepower. Flex-lite mechanical fans were in the 10 horse range. Also lower gears is the best seat of the pants performance upgrade price wise. Just my .02
     
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    There was an Hot Rod magazine article that shows you how to do so .Just Google "How to make a 1979 Z-28 hood scoop functional .And then go to the Nasty Z-28 article "Functional hood scoop " It has a lot of information on how to do .With suggestions from other members as well. I have a 1979 Z-28 also and when I started modifying my car ..I did this modification to it.And if you have any further questions I as well as others can help you .Good luck .
     
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    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The factory catalytic converter on those cars was junk when they were new. Assuming that's still in place, replacing that with a modern cat is your single biggest bang for the buck.
    From there, I'm putting an advance kit in the factory HEI.
     
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