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Have anyone of you taken a 454 and made it look like an old school 396?
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any major changes to do other than valve covers?
 

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If you want to make your car look "slow" put painted valve covers on it. Most people have either chrome or aluminum ones, but I like the orange colored drippers as a no-nonsense approach. Factory pulleys and brackets, too. It fits in the category of "speak softly and carry a big stick."
 

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a 454 already looks exactly like a 396 except for the harmonic balancer- and you gotta know what to look for and look really close to see that. just put all the 396 accessories on it and call it a 396 if anyone asks what it is.
 

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If you want to use a 396 balancer, you can add "heavy metal" to your 454 crank to balance it internally.
I believe the name for this metal is Mallory Metal
 

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ditto what novaderrik said.....
 

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Here is my 454 block with 427 guts. Im going to yank it out in a couple of weeks and stroke it to a 496 and have it still look like this.


 

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I did basically the same as Skip for a friend's '69 SS 396 Chevelle. I used a .030 over 454 which makes 461 cubes. I used the same stock type chrome valve covers and with some double thick gaskets managed to fit a set of roller rocker arms underneath. From the outside it looks like a 375 hp 396. It also has a roller hydraulic cam which sounds a lot like the old solid lifter cam. Unless you start looking closely at the numbers nobody knows the difference.
Skip's Turbo Jet 425 HP sticker is a dead giveaway.;)
 

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I did basically the same as Skip for a friend's '69 SS 396 Chevelle. I used a .030 over 454 which makes 461 cubes. I used the same stock type chrome valve covers and with some double thick gaskets managed to fit a set of roller rocker arms underneath. From the outside it looks like a 375 hp 396. It also has a roller hydraulic cam which sounds a lot like the old solid lifter cam. Unless you start looking closely at the numbers nobody knows the difference.
Skip's Turbo Jet 425 HP sticker is a dead giveaway.;)
Yeah its been about a year now with that sticker and your the second guy that figured it out :thumbsup:. I do it for fun just to screw with people :yes:, you guys know how it is when they say (Nice Mustang). What should i put on there after i build my 496...
 

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About 13" down your top radiator hose, from the thermostat side, I think I see a speck of dust Skip!!!!! :D

That is one nice engine compartment!


Is that an old Performer 2.0??
You got a good eye, that is an old Performer 2.0, are they any good?
 

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The Old Performer 2 will accept either a Spread Bore or Square Barrel Carb. They are great with a 7.5 to 9.5 Static Compression and a Holley Square Barrel Dp with a Torker Cam such as the Crane 266H 10; and I mean torque "Personified". Short shifting at 5000rpm you will be lucky to get it in by 5500rpm. With Headers and a Holley 750Dp your looking at 425Hp and 500ftpds of torque in a Large Oval Port BBC. A hint of LS6 material but not quit there. With a M21 and 4.10's you will exhaust 4th in the 1/4 mile with a top speed of 119 mph; however, that combo will propel 3.08's to 160 mph in 4th shifting the 1/4 out of 3rd at 122 mph.

NOTE: No Intake, Carb or Cam Change except rear ratio - Been there; Done it ;o)

I would say a Performer 2 with Holley and Headers with a crane 266H 10 on a low compression BBC is probably the BEST Bang for the buck.
 

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That's good to hear...

Skeeter, our engine compartments look kind of similar, other than the '68/'69 differences, except yours is much cleaner (and looks MUCH better), and I chose a 427 decal to go on my 454 block with 396/427 guts.


(Can't wait to drive this thing!)
 

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The Old Performer 2 will accept either a Spread Bore or Square Barrel Carb. They are great with a 7.5 to 9.5 Static Compression and a Holley Square Barrel Dp with a Torker Cam such as the Crane 266H 10; and I mean torque "Personified". Short shifting at 5000rpm you will be lucky to get it in by 5500rpm. With Headers and a Holley 750Dp your looking at 425Hp and 500ftpds of torque in a Large Oval Port BBC. A hint of LS6 material but not quit there. With a M21 and 4.10's you will exhaust 4th in the 1/4 mile with a top speed of 119 mph; however, that combo will propel 3.08's to 160 mph in 4th shifting the 1/4 out of 3rd at 122 mph.

NOTE: No Intake, Carb or Cam Change except rear ratio - Been there; Done it ;o)

I would say a Performer 2 with Holley and Headers with a crane 266H 10 on a low compression BBC is probably the BEST Bang for the buck.
Hey Ron: Long time no hear..... I'm going to pull this motor out in a couple of weeks to get a good look at what exactly the combo in it really is... I'm 99% going to build a 496 stroker and i know the builder will give me a couple different combos, but is that 2.0 intake any good for a 496 and whats a good Comp Cam Hydraulic Roller that wont get swallowed up with the 496. I want a big cam and possibly bigger then what i currently have with my 427 comp cam 280s.... Thanks hope i can get close to 600HP with BBC Oval Port heads and run pump gas.
 
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