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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 04, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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I got myself a 1 Ton GMC 3500 moving van for a pretty good price, and am thinking about building the 454 in it up to put in my Chevelle......Yeah I know.. I posted this over at Team Chevelle, but the guys there did not really have much to say about it.

My main question is.... CAN I get some good heads for this thing for cheap.....OR will the heads on it be suitable for mid 11's?

Does anyone elese have any input on this Gen V 454
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What year is the van?

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 04, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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92 454 4l80e

69 Chevelle<br />Mild 350 Muncie 4 speed, 12 bolt.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 04, 05:52 AM
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Send me an e-mail and I'll send you the BSE 454 specs. Ed says he runs 11.60 to 11.90 in a 4000lb car, 3.73 gears, turbo 400, on DOT slicks or slicks. It calls for 215 heads with 2.19/1.88 valves.
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I got the BSE specs..

I need Specific GenV building info.
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I got the BSE specs..

I need Specific GenV building info.
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What specifically are you looking for? The BSE specs are pretty thorough on the components and would work for Gen IV or V. The stock heads are probably peanut port heads so you'll need large oval heads. 215s and 063s are pretty good closed chamber ovals but they have the smaller valves. By the time you buy the heads and have them built your well on your way to buying a good set of heads.
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Those heads will work on a GenV block??

are you sure?

I have read several places that say it is a craps shoot as the coolant ports are different.

What would you say is a good set of heads?
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You're correct on the heads being a problem. For a good street motor I'd go with a set of the Dart Iron Eagles or a set of the Merlin Iron heads. By the time you take a stock pair of heads and recondition the valve guides, enlarge the valves, buy a new set of valves, etc., you've wrapped up a pretty good chunk of change in the stock heads. If you want to go aluminum take a look at the edelbrock heads. They seem to have a pretty good price point.
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