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engine combo for my swb..

Hello all, new to the scene of hotrodding. I've rebuild a couple of engines, but never for performance. I wanted to share what I have so far for my first performance build. Please any help I can get is much appreciated. My parts and set up:
83 swb pickup
3.42 rear end
700r4 tranny-shift kit/corvette servo
Stock convertor
Engine- 99 sbc roller
906 vortec heads
eddie performer rpm intake
600 holley
Tires: rally wheels wrapped in 255/70/15 bf goodrich
This is what I have now, and I am looking for the right pistons and camshaft.
I'm looking for a decent street non strip build that can get the old truck moving.
I"m leaning toward a 355 build that will use under 93 octane pump gas.
350-400 hp should be plenty.
I was adviced to not go over .500 lift for my cam and to use a good flat top piston, while zero
decking the block. Please help.. stir me in the right direction for this truck build.


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Old 02-28-2013, 11:32 PM
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silvolite pistons work in my boat engine that runs at 5000 rpms WOT with constant full torque load on the crank for over an hour at a time while tearin the lake a new ***** with my open exhaust blareing occross the entire lake on my 355 i built. with those pistons you would not want to deck the block or heads.your compression will be almost too high with a .040 thousanth head gasket. your compression would 10.76 to 1. that is very high and to run pump gas you would have to run a cam that had lots of intake duration to bleed some of that compression off to run pump gas. my advice would be to run the stock pistons with stock heads and use a .020 head gasket for a ratio of an even 10-1
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