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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 00, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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i found a 1979 camaro today for $700. it has a 305 with a automatic.p/s, p/b bucket seats, spoiler, interior was ok, driver seat was torn up a little. a little body damage. white vinle top. is it worth it? i have a 4 barrel for it and a set of 1.94 1.150 heads off a 350.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 00, 08:16 AM
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The price doesn't sound that bad but it's hard to say without seeing the car.
Most 305 heads have very small combustion chambers, around 58cc I think. You are going to kill what little compression the motor has if you put the 350 heads on it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 00, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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i could shave the head and use a shim gasket. do the 350 heads have bigger valves? it not all that bad of a car.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 00, 04:28 AM
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Yes the 350 heads have bigger valves, but unless you plan on changing the cam I don't think you will gain anything, and you might kill some of your low end torque. The 305 has a small bore size that shrouds the valves. You could benefit from some port and bowl work though.

Do you have the rest of that 350? If you do why not put it together and bolt it place of the 305? There is no replacement for displacement!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 00, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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its being built right now to be put in my 72 chevelle. what comp ratio did this engine have, the 305 that is. u dont have to pull the motor to do a cam change do you
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 00, 12:19 PM
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Don't know for sure on the compression, probably somewhere around 8:1. Go to your local parts store and browse through the Chilton's manuals to find out.
I changed the cam in a 77 camaro I had in high school with the engine in the car. Pulled the radiator and loosened the AC condenser to tilt it out of the way. I guess a 79 is the same.

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