Re: Looking into this engine for my 68
Engine & trans, if it works for $1K isn't too bad providing they all work. You should keep in mind you are buying used and no any warranty - buyer beware.
If doing a compression check as suggested, look at the plugs also - clean = good; wet soot = oily; dry soot = too rich with fuel. if you can and have/borrow the tool, pressurized the cooling system to see if head gaskets are good. If allowed, look for head casting number and date code. Engine code under the alt on the block to tell the true story.
The drvr cylinder head is '67 and older - no accessory bolt holes. This is why all the accessories are askew - no boltholes for proper alignment.
Twenty percent of the cost is for the Edelbrock valve covers at today's prices - used to cost $20/set. I would remove the fan and fling it about as far as I could throw it at the landfill-they make nice ragged hood louvers.
I'm not trying to deter you from buying, just giving the points and experience I see. Gives you some bargaining power. If you're looking for a daily low maintenance engine, this probably isn't it. Listen to it run, drive it, get the feel of it. Only way you will know.
One important event to watch is the ability of the engine in starting and running - what has to be done to get it started and how well does it run after started - watch and listen. keep in mind, this is a carbed engine, not EFI, so human interaction is needed, but shouldn't need a prayer & a hand rub to get it started and keep it running.
Maybe I'm getting too deep...........
What's wrong with the present engine in the Camaro now?
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