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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 08, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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'87 Camaro - engine rebuilt, but to what?

I just bought a 1987 Camaro - not a Z or Iroc, but it's got a Demon carb, Edelbrock manifold, and . . . so I'm told . . . a rebuilt Jasper 355 in it. Now, the vin and the title have it at a 5.0L engine. But then, they would either way wouldn't they?
I have a buddy thats also an amateur gearhead and he thinks it's too torquey to be a 305, but that's just talking over beers. Which leads to 3 questions
1) How do I determine if it's a 350 or 355?
2) If it is a 350 or 355 do I just follow the shop manual (oil capacity, part numbers,etc.) for the 350 either way.
3) Does talking over beers lead to more informed mechanical talk, or less?

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Re: '87 Camaro - engine rebuilt, but to what?

1.355 is just a 30 over 350 is all...350 is 4.000 vs 355 at 4.030
2. pistons and rings are different, fluid caps are the same
3. I don't drink, make enough mistakes sober

305 is 350 crank 3.48 stroke and a 3.736 bore

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Re: '87 Camaro - engine rebuilt, but to what?

Check engine pad on the passenger side head deck to see if Jasper did anything to the deck, as in surfacing the deck and restamping their logo/info.

Usually, a rebuilder will have an epoxied badge on the block to identify.

Usually, the more the alcohol intake, the wilder the story gets.

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Re: '87 Camaro - engine rebuilt, but to what?

Todd,
Most of the big rebuilders put a tag on the engine that has a serial number etc on it. They are usually down on the side of the block, so you will probably have to get the car up on a lift to see it. If you can find the tag you should be able to call Jasper and get the info. Can you get in touch with the previous owner and see if he knows ?

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Re: '87 Camaro - engine rebuilt, but to what?

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Check engine pad on the passenger side head deck to see if Jasper did anything to the deck, as in surfacing the deck and restamping their logo/info.
Usually, a rebuilder will have an epoxied badge on the block to identify.
Usually, the more the alcohol intake, the wilder the story gets.
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Todd,
Most of the big rebuilders put a tag on the engine that has a serial number etc on it. They are usually down on the side of the block, so you will probably have to get the car up on a lift to see it. If you can find the tag you should be able to call Jasper and get the info. Can you get in touch with the previous owner and see if he knows ?
Thanks guys, I'll look for the badge. The previous owner is long gone, and frankly probably not worth looking for if some of his decisions are any indications. I like it, but it's a strange car in some ways. Thanks again, Todd
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