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Old 03-14-2013, 01:41 PM
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I have spent alot of time on motorcycles but very little on cars this is all very new to me... I have studied and tried to learn basics for a couple weeks now and have an idea of what i want in my 84 gmc c1500 daily driver. Any criticism,opinion, or general help would be greatly appreciated. small block 350, vortec heads, 280 duration .550 lift solid roller cam, th350 transmission, 4.10 posi trac rear differential, 255 60 15 rear tire

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your daily driver ???

for me.. no solid lifters and ditch the 4:10 gears..
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so hydro lifters and what gears suggested. im looking for power off the line.
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gears

then stay with the 4:10 then.. so your looking for a daily with some pop...????
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semi daily i guess i should say... i take kids to school in it and drive it to work occasionally but really want more pop than drive ability. i struggled with the cam selection hope it is a descent choice.
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Cam isn't bad but you'll lack low end torque, and in a heavier vehicle it will be more apparent. Maybe go a little smaller but that's just my opinion. Like stated above, go with hydraulic, you don't want to have to readjust them all the time, it will get annoying.
I'd also suggest an overdrive transmission like a 700r4 or a newer 4l60e with a standalone controller. This way you can run the 4.10's and get that off the line punch but still be able to drive on the highway without it revving super high.
What compression ratio are you shooting for?
Also, just a thought if you haven't ordered any parts yet you should look in to making it a 383. It won't cost much more than the 350 if you're starting out with a bare block. You'd also be able to run that cam you wanted since the extra displacement will calm it down some, plus you'll get a lot more torque.
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i was planning on re building the top of a running 350 ( slightly intimidated by putting bottom end together). Is it fairly simple to install the crank assembly.
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i was planning on re building the top of a running 350 ( slightly intimidated by putting bottom end together). Is it fairly simple to install the crank assembly.
its easy to make it roll over with new bearings and proper torque specs. you have to check endplay and clearance the crank and rod bearings if you want it to last. doesnt really cost alot to have a shop do that work either. its a small job for a machine shop.
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So have a machine shop bore a 350 block and install the crank and bearings.
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I have spent alot of time on motorcycles but very little on cars this is all very new to me... I have studied and tried to learn basics for a couple weeks now and have an idea of what i want in my 84 gmc c1500 daily driver. Any criticism,opinion, or general help would be greatly appreciated. small block 350, vortec heads, 280 duration .550 lift solid roller cam, th350 transmission, 4.10 posi trac rear differential, 255 60 15 rear tire
With this set up you had better get use to 8-9 MPG. It's over $4 bucks a gallon where I live.
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lol i can live with fuel consumption. im at 3.60 a gal and ride a bike 98% of the time anyway.
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can anyone suggest a stroker kit brand.
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can anyone suggest a stroker kit brand.
I like eagle or scat. Both are similarly priced and both are good quality. Just make sure you match it to your block correctly (2 piece or one piece seal). You don't need forged, just get cast steel it will save you a bunch of money. It's not too hard to assemble the bottom end. Just get some plastigage to check clearances. It's a good learning experience.
The good thing about running a 383 is that you will actually get better gas mileage cause they have more low end torque. You can run a smaller cam so it doesn't have to rev very high to make power. Couple this with an overdrive transmission and i wouldn't be surprised if you could pull 20mpg highway.
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can anyone give any insight onto how to think when choosing a cam and maybe give me a better understanding of compression ratio.
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can anyone give any insight onto how to think when choosing a cam and maybe give me a better understanding of compression ratio.
This is going to take a lot of typing. You may want to search on here since I'm sure bogie, cobalt, tech, or one of those guys with insane amounts of knowledge has explained it in great detail a few times.
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