I'm in the process of shopping for a 2nd gen camaro. I was looking at one earlier today. I have a question about the engine. I figured I'd ask on this forum as you guys seem to know your poop.
This is basically the story the seller gave me. The engine is a 377, a 400 with 350 crank with 430 hp. 69 LT1 Heads on a 4 bolt 400. 800 Holley double pumper. It has a muncie 4 speed and richmond 4.11 gears. He says the car ran a 12.49. he says is has a huge cam in it and if I wanted to use it on the street I should put in a smaller cam. When he started it up, it was idling pretty high, and very loud (which is good). [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
He went on to talk about carb jets, timing, degreeing the cam. Kind of lost me abit. He said there is one of the distributor screws broken off and it's hard to get the thing to stay in one place. So he has to time it by hand or something like that. He also said that he's got 1.6 rockers and needed the tall valve covers and that every other day it's a good idea to check the vavle cover bolts for tightness.
I guess what i'm wondering is there anything in the above that doesn't groove. I'm pretty sure there are no 4 bolt 400's so it got me thinking hmmm, what's up with this. Would there be a reason that he had the thing at 2000? rpm, showing me this motor, why would I have to retighten the vavle covers. He definitely was pretty bent on letting me know it was a better drag car than street car. He made it seem that even driving it down the road would be a project in itself and if it would be a good idea to switch it to auto if I wanted to use it for the street, and even at that it could use a 4000 converter.
Any thoughts or am I just being paranoid.
By the way, dude wants 4k canadian (2700 USD) for the car. Missing some of the ground effects, not so good paint job and the interior needs some love.
Looking for any good info on building a 383.