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Old 03-23-2003, 03:26 PM
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Cool 2 questions for ya.

Im hot with the questions. You can tell its getting summer soon. lol.
1st question. If I buy a block with no main caps on it. What do I need to do in order to use it? Aftermarket, ones from another block or...? Would I need to do anything special to use a different set?
2nd question. Is there a big diff in building a small block as compared to a big block? Im talking using stock heads, forged pistons, ect.. Everything about the same as far as quality. Do you think a big block would be overkill for the Gremlin? HG
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You should be able to put on a different set of main caps, get it align-bored, and go with it. Also, I think a big block would be just right for that Gremlin.
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Old 03-23-2003, 04:14 PM
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HemmiGremmi, NEVER<>NEVER buy a block with no main caps on it. If you get another set of caps (stock) you will have to pay to have them fitted ($55.00 here) then you have to get the block line bored (150.00), then you get the pleasure of buying special timing sets or having a loose timing chain, even if you are going to have aftermarket caps put on they usually don't include the rear cap so you still have to buy it and then have the whole thing done.
I have people try to sell me blocks everyday, no correct main caps NO SALE.
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Old 03-23-2003, 04:32 PM
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Big Blocks are just bigger, there are a few tricks that have to be done like drilling the front cam journal for timing set oil and drilling a tiny hole in the left front lifter galley soft plug (keeps the lifters quiet). I am a proponent of Big Blocks,built them,raced them,sold them. Put one in that Gremmie and you will have the ride of yur life. I have a few friends that can tell you what a short wheelbase (Anglia,bout the same as Gremlin) High horse big block on the streets will do. I had an article from my home town on how the police were trying to find out how the imprint of FIRESTONE SPEEDWAY SPECIAL got smeared on the glass about two feet high, and black rubber marks on the door frame of the local main drag,(street) drug store back in the early seventies.
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