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Old 05-11-2010, 11:09 AM
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help with my z28?

Hello, im new here but i see there are alot of people with good advice so im here to ask for some. I have a 1979 z28 that had a 350 but it had a bad rod so i pulled it. Im dropping a 327 300 hp engine in, just a few more finnishing touches. So im wondering what headers would work good with my car and fit for a low price and also should i use the 327 as a temp engine and rebuild the 350 or just keep the 327 and sell it. thanks in advance[IMG]z28.jpg[/IMG]

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I would sell the 350, probably only going to bring $100 or so, but there's nothing worth saving in it.

If you want to do a 350 build to replace the 327 at a later date I would do a 383 in a 4 bolt roller block. You get more displacement, a hyd. roller cam, and a 1 pc rear main seal. Not to mention you can find 880 4 bolt blocks with near zero bore wear- no need to bore them over.

A 327 can be fun too though... There's a lot of options really, which is why it comes down to your personal preference. 327's are almost always slower than an equally built 383, but some people still like them and that is okay in my book.
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ok, well i was just wondering if its worth keeping numbers matching. the 350 is the original motor.
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ok, well i was just wondering if its worth keeping numbers matching. the 350 is the original motor.

If you want to sell that car 50 years from now it may help the value out some... not much though.
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Save the #'s matching 350, the mid-70's Camaro/Trans Am will be one of the next big markets in the car collection world as the availability of older stuff dries up. You never know who might want what you have in the future.

I wouldn't use the #'s matching engine to build a hot rod engine, just save it if you can find a place to store it.
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ok, sounds like im just going to keep it and replace the broken rod another question, anyone know the steps to remove and replace the ignition lock cylinder in the same car, mine has jamed for some reason and i cant turn the car over. I just put the 327 in and was going to turn it over and to my dismay could not due to it being locked up.
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anyone know the steps to remove and replace the ignition lock cylinder in the same car, mine has jamed for some reason and i cant turn the car over.
First, reach up to the collar that's at the top of the steering column and turn it as far CCW as it will go. Be sure the shifter is in park and retry the key. If this unlocks it, the linkage from the column to the tranny needs adjustment.

You can also try the key w/the shifter in "N", sometimes jiggling the shifter fore and aft as you try the key will work.

IIRC, the key has to be in the lock tumbler to remove it, possibly turned to "ACC", I don't exactly remember how my '81 was, but something like that. Then a tool like a pick or small screwdriver is used in the slot provided to release the tumbler from the column. I'm sure there's some online info on this.
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i currently own a 79' Z/28, bad ride dude, im still doing stuff to mine lol
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i currently own a 79' Z/28, bad ride dude, im still doing stuff to mine lol
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lol yea, im 17 and i just got this car in a trade. i love it, just wana fix this ignition problem so i can take her down the road and open up that 327 vett engine i put in it.
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