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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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engine rebuild/modification recomendations

Hi everyone,
I am a new member here and would like some advice on what you would recomend for engine modifications for a rebuild I have to do. The engine is a 68 camaro 327 275 hp EE code engine. I have not played with cars for 20+ years. I read in all the magazines that HP is easier to make these days. I would rather only build the engine once with the right parts. A strong running street car with a 700r4 trans is what I am after with emphasis on reliability and driveability. Cam selection, head selection (If mine are not good enough), intake , carb, distributor, compression etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 10:06 AM
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

If it is the number matching engine I would store it and build a 350. There are hundreds of 350 build-up ideas in here.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 10:22 AM
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

ditto don't wreck a stocker when you can build a beaut of an engine from scratch with minimum bucks

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 04:27 PM
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

I had this exact engine, which (30 years ago) I installed in a '64 Chevelle. I rebuilt the engine, put in a Crane "Fireball" hydraulic cam, alum intake, 4 bbl Rochester Quadrajet (great carb when set up properly), headers, 4:10 posi and the car ran very strong. I won a lot of street races with it. I used to power shift it at 6,400 rpm. Lifters set at zero lash would prevent pump-up.

However, if this is the number-matching engine for your car, I would do as others say and just build a new engine. Store the original in a nice dry spot.

One more thing, if you're gonna do a new engine, then I'd upgrade to a big-block. It's a super-easy swap. Yeah, it will cost more money, but you'll really feel a difference when you mash the go-pedal................Plus, everyone LOVES a big-block.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 05:38 PM
 
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

Have you thought about a crate GM engine?I agree with the others on the #'s matching engine.You can get a crate engine fairly inexpensive and pretty much get exactly what your looking for from mild to wild.Just a thought
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 05:48 PM
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

I would NOT upgrade to a big block, at least not unless I had triple the budget I have.
I have the same engine you do, allthough it had the wrong heads on it, plus a cam, alluminum manifold, etc when i got it. It is the matching number EE engine for my 68.
It's currently weraing dart iron eagle heads, comp 270h cam, performer rpm, edelbrock carb, msd ignition, and of course silver ceramic hooker headers.
It runs real well, but a lil tired and not quite well enough, so this winter I'm gonna stroke it to a 383!
There's a lot or a little you can do. If the motor has all it's original "drssing" it might be better, as the guys have suggested, to put it on a stand for posterity and get a new crate motor to build on. complete engine packages run about ten bucks/HP these days, so it's not real expensive.





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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 05, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

WOW!! Thanks for all your responses!! I really never even considered puting it in storage once I found out it was a numbers matching engine. I guess that would be best to save this one and use a more expendable engine for my driver. I did stop by the recent SEMA show here in Vegas and saw some amazing looking crate motors. I'll start looking for a good one. Thanks again for your responses..

Brent
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 05, 06:59 PM
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

You might consider using a 406 small block. This is a great engine but I wouldn’t recommend using that 700r4 though as I have had 6 in my car (TCI gave me 3). If you have to have an automatic, I would think about running a 4L80, or better yet get a tremec 5 speed. If you do build a 406 make sure you use a 5.7 rod and a good set of Dart heads with at least 2.02 valves 1.60 exhaust and 190 to 200cc intake ports. 9.5 cr to 10.5 depending on which heads you decide to use (cast iron or aluminum).
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 05, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Re: engine rebuild/modification recomendations

Thanks Fastbowtie... I have not purchased the 700r4 yet but I have a very tired non stock turbo 350 that I need to replace. I thought the 4L80 was all electronic (Not something I want to get involved in) That is the reason I was looking at the 700r4.

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