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Old 04-05-2003, 04:27 PM
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I have a '68 Vette with a nom sbc. I would like to drop in a big block but was told this is a bad idea because the extra weight in the front will make the car handle poorly. I love the way the car handles now, and I wouldn't want to do anything to change that but I just can't believe a little extra weight would make any difference. I was also told the engine would always run hot because of the slant of the radiator not allowing enough air through it. they put 427's in these cars and I have never heard anyone say there is any difference in the two cars except for the hood. anyone have any ideas or advice? and while I have you here, I would like to add power steering to the same car. Can I use a power steering box from a GM car of the same year? it's different than the power steering on the vettes but from all apperances it will bolt right in.

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When GM put the big block in these cars, the front suspension components were changed to take the extra weight and power, springs, shocks, sway bars,etc. The big block radiator is also bigger and cools very well, if you install a big block without changing the suspension parts, you will have a car that understeers and wallows in curves and in general feels nose heavy and mushy, BUT goes like hell in a straight line. Been there done that many years ago.
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I would build the crap out of that sbc. You can pull great numbers out of any engine if you are willing to put the time and $money$ into it. How many cubes are you working with?
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