Originally Posted by richardson110
I have a 94 camaro with a 305 tbi this engine is tired the cam is wiped rings are gone and it barely idles.
I have been searching ebay for a small block 350 for a good price and came across the company that sells remans. They have a 5.7 350 cubic inch engine for sale for $900 they say it fits Chevrolet and GMC Cars Trucks and Vans from 1969 to 1985 that use use 5.7 350 cubic inch engine. Will I have any issues dropping this into my camaro?
The heads will not accept you're intake, bolt angle change. Check the heads they also must have the accessory bolt holes on their ends otherwise your serpentine belt system won't fit on.
Your flexplate will not bolt to the crank. This will have to be replaced to fit the larger crank flange pattern that is used by older 2 piece (leaky seal) engines.
You'll have to reuse your old distributor as it's only compatible with your computer.
The 305 TBI will not like the extra inches and if the cam timing is different from what the TBI 305 is pleased to call a cam, it won't like that either. It doesn't take long before you've spent half a grand trying to get the computer so it runs the TBI properly.
It's doable but the money you saved on the engine will be spent on getting it to fit everything and making the computer happy.
I'd say unless you want to step up to building a hot rod with all that can entail, I'd find another 305 just like the one you have. You'll find yourself way ahead in the long run with the reduction in pain, suffering and cost.
Besides once an engine is gone the tranny tends not to be far behind, strapping a frisky new V8 in-front of a well used automatic shortly leads to the expense of a new/rebuilt automatic. Sticks are a bit better in this regard if they haven't been abused to where the synchos and bearings are worn out, then you get similar treatment from what's under the console as the slush box gives. So in any case you want to keep some cash on hand for the gear box.