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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 04, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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i am about to give my original 350 (in my 69 ss camaro) to an engine guy so he can rebuild it for me to my specifications. The engine came as a 300 hp, turbo fire and still runs great with it's stock bores, and crank journals! Anyways, i am giving it to this engine/machine shop guy so he can rebuild it to my exact, wanted specifications. My question is...what is the lowest horse power/foot lbs. of torque that i can go to make my camaro burn some decent rubber? Also, what is the highest horse power/ft. lbs. of torque that can i go to have just as good reliability, durability, and long lasting-ness and obviously, burn more rubber? Is there a good middle-ground? You probably figured out that i like low end torque rather than top end (I want to burn some good rubber!) Also, you probably need to know that behind this engine i will have a muncie 4 speed, and 3.55 rear end ratio! thanks!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 04, 10:38 AM
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hmmm, don't know why anyone would want to burn rubber, easiest way to do it would be to put original F78 bias ply tires on it!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 04, 10:53 AM
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On a budget, if it dont NEEd a rebuild, swap in a vortec top end (heads and intake) with a good cam should give you great power (LOTS of torqe down low too) for under $1000 total.

If you are replacing internals, go to a 383 for much more low end power. Can be done for no more than a new 350 bottom end.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 04, 03:12 AM
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I'm not sure what you are asking exactly, but your stock 350 bottom end (just regrind & balance your crank, add flat top pistons, and good rod bolts) is fine if you are on a budget. The heads and cam are the key to waking this engine up. The Vortec option is a very good one or there are a number of very good aftermarket heads out there like the AFR 180, Dart Iron Eagle 180, ProTopline 180, and so on.

For a cam I'd pick something like the Comp XE268 that will make good low end TQ and still let the engine breath midrange and up top. A performer RPM intake and a 625 Edelbrock carb would top it off nicely IMO.

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