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Old 09-17-2002, 08:37 PM
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Post 81 Chevy 229 Project PLEASE HELP!!!!

I am working on putting an 81 Chevy 229 2brl into an 87 S-10 Blazer 2wd. This is my FIRST car project and I am running into dead ends. First about the engine....The 229 is bored .30 over, has a mild cam (not sure what size) compression is bumped up to 10-1, high rise Edelbrock manifold, and a custom built Holley 500 2 brl. to match the build specs of the engine. (Lucky me, at the time the engine was originally built by my father, my uncle was working as a head engineer for Holley Carb) On the back side of this monster is a 2 spd. auto. Powerglide tranny with a shift kit installed. This was a project my father started years ago and never finished. I am having 2 problems here. FIRST: I can't find exhaust manifolds to save my life that are in good shape. And SECOND: Can a distributer be used in this engine from the junk yard without doing harm to the performance of the engine?? I have a lot of money rapped up in this puppy and I cannot see spending $180 on a new dist. if one from the yard will do just fine.

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Old 09-17-2002, 08:47 PM
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A used HEI will work just fine, I'm not sure, but since the 200,229 and 4.3 are all cousins, you might be able to cob exhaust manifolds off of one of these.
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I'd try and hunt down some kind of headers for it.Sounds like a cool idea.
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I also have a 229 in my 81 malibu. Hooker makes some real nice full length headers. Check out Summit racing....
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why cheap out on a dizzy.
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