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Old 01-10-2004, 04:46 PM
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Lightbulb 68 Camaro engine advice

Greetings,

I'm in a bit of delima, so i thought i'd ask for some advice. I currently own a 1968 SS/RS camaro with a standard (non-numbers matching) 350 -out of a 71 chevelle, M20 transmission, and 3.73 read-end. Sadly, the engine needs to be rebuilt or replaced. It's burning oil like crazy and is starting to make very bad sounds.

I'm at a loss as to what to do. I'd like not to spend over $2000-$2500 on a new crate motor engine, but it seems that my options are limited. I can get the 260 hp GM goodwrench crate motor for well under budget for around $1400, but i'm not sure if i'll be happy with it or not. Other than that motor is seems many jump into the $2600+ range, except for the GM goodwrench 330 hp 350 (but i don't want to use all vortec items and be stuck with them).

Any advice will be helpful, I'm at a loss as to go for rebuild/crate as well as what to get.

Has anyone tried that 260 hp 350? Is it worth a crap. Thanks so much!

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Old 01-10-2004, 05:02 PM
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one of my friends has the 330 hp engine in his 91 firebird and is very happy with it, the car runs strong, runs 8.90's on street tires in 1/8th of a mile, he has 7004r trans and 4.10 gears, but i wouldnt go with the 260 hp its more of a torque truck engine
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Thanks for the reply. Yeah, i'm not entirely sure i'd be happy with the 260 hp engine, but for the money, you can't beat it.

I was considering the 330 hp one, but i'd have to get a vortex manafold which i was trying to avoid (although i'm sure they aren't expensive). Also for the $2200 that motor costs, i'm not sure if you could do better with a crate engine from a 3rd party.

....Tough decision.
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