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307 in my '51 chevy pickup?

Hi guys. This is my first post on here so plase go easy on my. I have a '51 chevy stepside that I have had for years and I started a v-8 conversion years ago but was stalled until just recently. The motor I got was a 305 small block or so I was told. I needed to order some parts for the motor so I wanted to find out what year it was. I looked up the casting numbers and found out it was a 68-73 era 307. I was pretty surprised to find that out but I want to know if having the 307 is better or worse than the 305. SHould it make pretty good power for my '51? I plan on it being a daily driver but I want it to have some get up and go too. The engine has an "RV cam", block hugger headers, a holley quadrajet carburetor and a KN air filter. Is this a pretty decent set up? Thanks for any of your advice.

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Hi guys. This is my first post on here so plase go easy on my. I have a '51 chevy stepside that I have had for years and I started a v-8 conversion years ago but was stalled until just recently. The motor I got was a 305 small block or so I was told. I needed to order some parts for the motor so I wanted to find out what year it was. I looked up the casting numbers and found out it was a 68-73 era 307. I was pretty surprised to find that out but I want to know if having the 307 is better or worse than the 305. SHould it make pretty good power for my '51? I plan on it being a daily driver but I want it to have some get up and go too. The engine has an "RV cam", block hugger headers, a holley quadrajet carburetor and a KN air filter. Is this a pretty decent set up? Thanks for any of your advice.
The 307 is just fine vis-a vis a 305, its a 283 with a 327 crank. Yes some blocks can be bored to 4 inches making a 327 with 327 pistons. You need to sonic check the bores if you ever go this route, early 307s, like 283s, will bore to 4 inches, later ones with thin wall casting techniques are so-so.

A 305 uses a 350 stroke on a unique small bore, it cannot be made into a 350 with a boring bar; so the 307 brings some innate potential for enlargement with factory parts.

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Hi guys. This is my first post on here so plase go easy on my. I have a '51 chevy stepside that I have had for years and I started a v-8 conversion years ago but was stalled until just recently. The motor I got was a 305 small block or so I was told. I needed to order some parts for the motor so I wanted to find out what year it was. I looked up the casting numbers and found out it was a 68-73 era 307. I was pretty surprised to find that out but I want to know if having the 307 is better or worse than the 305. SHould it make pretty good power for my '51? I plan on it being a daily driver but I want it to have some get up and go too. The engine has an "RV cam", block hugger headers, a holley quadrajet carburetor and a KN air filter. Is this a pretty decent set up? Thanks for any of your advice.
If I had a 307 I think I would put a set of 305 HO heads on it. Port them out a bit and that should make a 307 run pretty well..
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The 307 is just fine vis-a vis a 305, its a 283 with a 327 crank. Yes some blocks can be bored to 4 inches making a 327 with 327 pistons. You need to sonic check the bores if you ever go this route, early 307s, like 283s, will bore to 4 inches, later ones with thin wall casting techniques are so-so.

A 305 uses a 350 stroke on a unique small bore, it cannot be made into a 350 with a boring bar; so the 307 brings some innate potential for enlargement with factory parts.

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I'll go one step farther. You can bore a 307 to 4" and use a 305 crank and use either 305 or 307 connecting rods, get 350 piston and you got a 350 motor.
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That 307 will run well for a long time, if your just usin it for a cruiser the RV cam will do you right
Only thing to watch out for is the nylon timing gear, if it still has one swap it out for a cloyes double roller and hit the streets
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