I have an 82 Camaro with a 305, and am buying performance upgrades along & along with the dream of one day buying a Big-Block 396 to rework and slide gracefully into my engine bay.
My basic question is...what are some physical differences that I can see between the 305 & a 396? Can you look at it & tell a difference? I guess what I'm asking is...if I'm hunting for a 396, how can I ensure that it is REALLY indeed a 396? One guy was trying to sell me a 350, and was calling it a 396 (I was told by a guy I work with that it was really a 350, anyway). Can you make a 396 out of a 350? I'm looking for a 396 with a good 375hp...just don't want to get ripped off. Thanks, guys. Don't be too hard on me, I'm new to this stuff, but I want to learn.
1982 Camaro, 305, 4bbl Q-Jet