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Old 08-10-2002, 08:24 PM
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Cool '81 Corvette, a Bare Block 350 & $2500 to spend

Hi all, this is my first post!

looking to build an engine here...im not very technical minded, and very new to this

Basically, with a 350 cast iron bare-block engine + $2500 dollars to spend.

GOAL: About 380 HP & 400+ ft.lb. TRQ

Nothin less, or too much more

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Old 08-11-2002, 12:46 AM
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US or CDN dollars, if it is CDN you will be able to buy just a gasket or two. :p

Kidding of course, what kind of heads, what kind of axle ratio, what kind of stall convertor, what kind of driveability are you willing to sacrifice? That level of HP can make an engine nasty to drive in rush hour traffic, especially with an automatic. You need to decide if you are willing to put up with it everday. Gas mileage might be around 8-12 if you keep your foot out of it.

If this is a weekend driver and you have other primary transport then it does not matter but realize the engine may just barely idle at 900 rpm and the vacuum assisted brakes will take a dive.
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answering your questions

*$2500 US
*heads being used are Trick Flow 23 degree aluminum (im installing side pipes)
*axle ratio 3.07 final drive
*using the 700R4 tranny
*2200 stall converter
*strictly performance oriented (ive got handling covered)
*gas mileage will be about 15MPG city

very similar to this setup http://www.dallasexportsales.com/383390LB.htm

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you got $2500 after buying the trick flows? my first thought is to dump the 3:07's, shi-ite you already gots overdrive and i think that is what you are quoting. what is your gear ratio inside the rear end?
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Well. you have included much information in the comaprison field but I would like to know what you really want to do first? There are amny ways to get many things done, but lets start with the first step. What would YOU like to do first? Where are you willing to start. If you can answer that question, we can handle the parts, the prices and the advice on how to get you motor running sweet. Where is this motor? Chassis information is important as well. Do we have to buy the heads? or are you ready to upgrade existing engine components? Lets get you that bigger badder motor. I have a large range of Nitrous Works products if you want easy horsepower, but if you want a true power engine, we'll have to get these parts together.
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