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500+HP 396 Bench Build Help. Cam? Pistons?

So I've Got this 1969 Camaro. It's a ready roller. All it needs is an engine/trans and shaft. It's a non power anything x11 car originally a banger so I don't feel bad about doing it wrong. Already has a 4.56 TruTrac 9 inch under it and sub framers..


I've also got this carb to pan '65-66 396. It's complete including a 6223 steel crank and closed port 702 heads. I've got the stock pistons and rods also. I know this isn't the best BBC to build but it's what I have.

I'm going to think of it as my SBC in my Trans Am. That motor is a 385 with 230cc aggressively ported Dart Iron Eagles and an comp solid street making a hair under 500. I should have went more cam with my huge heads, 3500 stall and 4.56 gear.
The SBC cam I'm running.
12-771-8 - Xtreme Energy
Trans Am flexing its muscle in stupid fashion.

Now if I think of the 396 as the older stronger brother of my 385 sbc, my plan is to run a .600+ lift solid roller with similar lsa in case I upgrade brakes later (probably will as it's drums all around). Tell me about building these 702 closed chamber heads for big lift and proper borderline street compression pistons (for closed chamber 396 motors). For now I'll probably run a 2500 or 3500 stall but later change over to a 4 speed.. Also gonna use a Holley 800dp carb and probably some type of air gap single plane manifold. (I would like the option to run a flat hood in the future)
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