Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Greencastle, Indiana
SBC 350 rebuild 68 coupe
Hi Guys. long time reader, first time poster... I've learned a lot in the past few weeks but would like to ask some direct advice. Reading all of the old posts kinda gets overwhelming.
I have a 68 Camaro, plain jane thats been garaged for 23 years. Just brought it home. The engine and trans are from dads stock 76 elcamino(350 w/882 heads, TH350 trans). Rear is orig camaro 8.2 10-bolt 2.56. I drove this car back in high school and it was fun, but kinda remember it looking a lot faster than it really was.
I want to get this gal back on the road, tight budget. Breaks are bad, gas tank smells like kerosene, front seats sink to the floor, seat belts missing. So i'm trying to stretch dollars throughout the whole car.
I want this to be a fun, local driver. No strip, just a fun car to punch around in finally putting some punch to back up the look. more interested in acceleration than top hp. Don't plan on top speed driving. With the 2.56 im thinking anything i do to the engine will be unnoticed in acceleration though. i plan to keep the th350, would be willing to upgrade the 8.2 to 3.55 unless i can get a nova 8.5 (was thinking 3.55 would help acceleration while keeping hgwy rpm's down a bit).
What do you guys think? what should I start with? I was hoping for this car to feel like an upgraded ss350 camaro with punch and some slight Lope, rather than a tired, stock mid 70's 165 hp version. nothing too hot, i still need to be able to afford pump gas for it!
would love to pull the engine just once. Thinking of changing the cam now while I had the engine out, but keeping all the other original stock engine parts. Then focus on breaks, fuel system, seats, tires etc. Then down the road a short while, upgrade the rearend, heads, intake and carb. Is throwing a new cam in now a bad idea? Should i plan on pulling the engine twice and just do a stock rebuild for now?
any advice would be appreciated THANKS!!