No measureable effect on the handling.
There would be problems with a four speed shifter fitting the console, etc.
A long time ago I calculated moving the engine on a friend's sprint car, left and right.
You need to move it a bunch to make any substatial difference. Like maybe 6 inches or more.
And even then, on a Camaro moving something smaller like the battery from front to trunk is equal to moving the engine 15" back!
which would you rather do? move the engine 15" or the battery to the trunk?
I'd rather go with a small body HEI or swap a HEI module into an early point distributor.
I've got a couple of early corvette "mag pulse" distributors with tach drive that I use in the Lola. It triggers the MSD unit I use.
The mag pulse parts will swap right into the early point distributors and you could use an HEI module to trigger it or any MSD etc.
the problem is the mag pulse parts are getting hard to find, and expensive.
I've seen photos of the distributor Dave Ray does and that looks darn good too.
I have to put a warning in here that I recurved an HEI for my truck and it was the first HEI I've done since I got a distributor machine.
I had to grind hell out of the weights to make it advance quick enough and do a LOT of work on it. If I were doing them for a business, I'd charge triple to do them!
If anyone uses the HEI and just puts an advance kit into it and expects it to work like doing an early point type distributor, they will be dissapointed. This is definately a distributor that needs to be professionally set up.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
David's Motorsports page
First Gen Suspension Page
67 RS 327
69 Camaro Vintage Racer
65 Lola T-70 Chev 350
Can Am Vintage Racer
[This message has been edited by davidpozzi (edited 04-25-2001).]