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Old 11-11-2002, 01:42 PM
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I know this has probably been discussed ad-nausium but I must ask again. I'm building a 69 camaro....my first frame off ever. I am building a 383 stroker for it. It will not be a drag car...more of a saturday night crusier. OK, maybe I will take it to maple grove once or twice just for yucks and giggles. I started with a 350 4 bolt, had it bored .030, align honed,clearanced, fully checked out. I got a complete balanced rotating assembly from the flex plate to the balancer. Pretty straight forward stuff. Now the confusion. I would like to run approx. 400-450 HP, a good lumpy idle,but not too much to keep me from having functional power brakes. I have had advice all over the place regarding heads and cams. First I was told to make sure I got at least 200 cc intake runners, then I was told anything more than 180 will run like a dog. What are your opinions on this. Then onto the cam. I was told to get one in the 230 @ .050 range with a 108 degree lobe separation. I have a performer intake and edel. 750 carb and hookers with 1 5/8 primarys. I'm thinking 3.55 in the rear with 2500 stall also. Any ideas? Thanx, Kevin

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Old 11-11-2002, 02:40 PM
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I agree with both on the heads. The 180cc range will be more responsive on the street because of better port velocity and low end torque. Over 180cc would make more high end power, but be a little sluggish off idle. Just depends on what you want.

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use the 180 heads, the cam at 230@.050 is going to be borderline with the brakes-put a vacuum can on it, or go to something with less duration at.050 and closer to a 112 centerline, lift doesn't bother the brakes its the duration and centerline that determines part throttle and idle vacuum. anything over 224@.050 gets shakey on brakes and convertor.

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Thanx guys. I looked at some cam specs.......crane #crn-113801 222/234 @ .050.467/.494 a dual pattern cam. Then the crane powermax #crn-119831 roller .222/.230 .509/.522 any feelings between these two? Or is a single pattern like a .214 in. .224 ex. .442/.465 .112 sep more drivable? I am looking for it to be drivable along with sounding tough Any idea on HP figues on this setup? Thanx again, Kevin
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