I'd love to go "all the way" with this motor and do the
balanced/blueprinted thing ... but this is a budget build . I'm pretty
sure the shop that's doing the machine work can supply another crank - I
too am leery of anything more than a .020 under grind .
I just want a truck that isn't always trying to decide what gear it
wants to be in . The terrain up here is pretty hilly , and those 2.73's
just ain't gonna cut it . I'd have been happy just to get my truck back
intact and install the new 3.42 gears . But since the boy finally
managed to blow up the motor , I'm going to build this one right and
have some fun with it . I plan to stick with the stock 9:1 C/R , but
it's getting a new cam (Elgin E-922-P) with some small/long tube headers
and a new intake manifold . A friend says he has an Edelbrock that will
fit , probably a Torker . Depends on what the carb bolt pattern is , I
plan to keep the stock Rochester Q-jet . If his won't fit my carb (and
he doesn't have one to fit) I'll put an Edelbrock Performer on it .
Either one will be a good fit with the cam/header combo I gave selected
. This motor has the 601 heads , which are supposed to flow better than
the 116 (?) heads . As of right now I'm not planning on doing any port
work , but I got all winter , and who knows ...
We ain't rich , but I can afford to do whatever I want within reason
. If the original trans is still at my house in Memphis , it's going to
be rebuilt and installed . I can recoup part of the cost from selling
the unit that's in there now .
I don't plan on leaving the kids any cash ...