Originally Posted by 1Gary
Fair question.I am wanting to warn the O/P who is on a tight budget about a failed build.
I don't maintain all OEM head's use is a stupid move.The Vortec's for what they are not too bad for a 355.
One constant is it cost money to play with cars and still that hasn't changed.The way things have changed is because of the impression of everything being a deal,guys are always expecting something for next to nothing.
And one thing that next to never is considered is to develop a talent to knowing the parts well enough so buy at auction second hand good condition or reconditioned parts.A example of that is to buy $2,500 set of AFR heads at a 1/3 of retail and before bidding know pretty much what it will cost to rebuild them is or what exactly retail is giving a model number.So your getting the set for lets say $500.That kind of thing is less than the costs of OEM,is what most would never dream of owning,could use and likely sell when done with them for more than they paid for them.A win-win way of skinning the cat.Another way of approach for a DIY that turned our racing program into a very successful program and business for many,many yrs.Those are the true deals that if your smart you take a advantage of. Hell we used to buy cosmetic blems in heads that if it wasn't for appearance,they where brand new never used and not a damm thing wrong with them.
Did you really just find a way to yet again plug AFR heads in a budget build conversation? Gary, I get you know your sht, and I'm sure your stuff is fast and will live a million miles, I even concede that you have run a successful business or race team.....but again, this isn't that....not by a long shot, this is just another kid trying to get into something quick and fun to drive.....and not wait until he can afford expensive machining, expensive rotating assemblies, or really expensive heads.....he just wants to go as fast as he can now, and have fun doing it. Going from a stock anything S10 to this 305 headed combo is going to be a riot, its enough cam to go fast, sound awesome, and make good power, would it make more with afr heads, for sure.....hell I just bought shiny alum heads (not chinesiam) for mine when I had a set of 416's on the bench.....but he said budget....in big bold letters....so from experience, setup right, and with good gas, its going to be real strong, real reliable, and far more fun then whatever he has in it now.....and IF it breaks.....its not going to take out a fancy crank, or 2000$ AFR heads......that's all im getting at....you were young once, and wanted to go fast.....remember?