First of all, ops, I earlier forgot to specify that my 396 is the 325hp version...
As for the dome top pistons you've got to specify whether you've got closed or open chamber heads...
...Then you've got to check for clearance depending if your block's been decked and/or heads been shaved and to what extent...
...When I rebuild my motors I consult with my machine shop....I buy the parts and they tell me what I need. Also, if you get a performance cam you want to put in valve springs with rates and pressures to match the cam...
Actually this will be the first time that I'll take the engine off the car, so I'll exactly know what's spinning in there only when I'll have opened it and pieces will be on a table.
That's also why I want to check its casting number and the engine assembly stamp (Right now that part is painted so it's too difficult to read it. With engine off the hood and generator somewhere else on the room it will be much easier
As far I can see from outside the heads should be the stock, cast iron ones. If I'm right, they should be closed chamber ones, right?
About the eventuality about the coupling plan surfaces, both from basement side than from valve head side have been already milled because of previous works around the engine, well, this will be harder to me to understand, probably I'll need some reference value to be compared with the measured one on my block.
I agree with you, the optimal solution to me would be a compromise with the "easiness" of a kit, but with the chance of "configuring" it, for example, with some non-stock part, for example, the camshaft. Some tuning, nothing really radical, though. This lady probably will never see a drag strip, for example. Some occasional burnout, some fast driving moment, but not much more.
Since I live in Italy, you know, it's quite crucial to solve the supplying phase with less shippings as possible, else time (And costs too) can increase noticeably, that's another reason that let me watch to kits with interest.
And, still about kits, I've looked at Summit Racing website, http://www.summitracing.com/int/sear...8/model/camaro
could it be a valid alternative to the ones found in E-Bay?
OT part: By the way, I've relatives in Kelowna.
I would not buy a rebuilding kit from EBay! Get in touch with Mike Wolf or Chris Straub over at our sister site Team Chevelle. Probe pistons is what I used from Mike Wolf. He is located in California.
Thank you guys for the names, and the links.
About components, I'm trying to get what's the right compromise price and quality can fit to my money budget. And about Lewis Racing Engines, gosh, there's the Atlantic between us.
But, good news, I know already who can do the cylinders re-boring, reasonably close to my place.
Of course good advices from who has surely worked on much more US engines than anyone at my place is welcome.
@DT: Of course I basically agree with you, price and quality are proportionally related.
What I still don't know about those three kits is where, on quality scale, they can be placed. For sure not at the top, but how much at the bottom side, and if they could fit enough to the use I'll do of the car, mostly the relatively quiet life that any classic car does.