Some real good advice here. Thanks guys. I did look up the GM 454 HO motor. Sells for about $4200. If I buy a used motor, I'm thinking less than a grand for it. Can you build a 12 second 454 motor for less than $4200?
How do I spot a tall deck vs. regular? Is it obvious?
Gene, I think you've got it backwards. 454's are MUCH more common than 396's. If you find them so cheaply, let me know and I'll buy one from ya.
This came about cause I'm not happy with my 396 and rather than sink any money into it, why not get easy displacement with a 454, right! I'll tune the crap out of my current big block first though but I'm just not getting the head snapping, tire spinning performance out of it. A few folks I know are saying that my 3.08:1 rearend is what's keeping the car sluggish. I say the torque from a big block should overcome that. What's your experience??
[This message has been edited by Scooby Doo (edited 03-16-2001).]