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Old 01-03-2011, 11:20 PM
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how much horse is enough-help?

I have a 70 GMC Shorty step bed That has set idle for quite some time for reason or another. I am looking into building the truck back to a driveable status. I am just not sure how to build the engine. I lean toward a 300 hp small block as I have a 4 bolt 350 block, basically a ss 327 motor. This truck will be a driver and pull a boat from time to time I hope. Do ya think that more horse would be better and not break the bank as I am on limited income? I also would like to keep it driveable with out taking a loan for the gas to take a trip. Oh by the way I intend to keep the old school Three on the tree shifter, yeah that is me Mr. Sentimental. I do not intend to race this dude or anything like that, but may no, will want to make a few shows and such to show off my baby. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. thanks for any and all help. God Bless!

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Of course, it will come down to how much do you have to spend? It always costs more to build one than it does to simply buy a crate engine. You can get the 290 horsepower crate engine from GM for less than $2500.
This engine comes with a cam that has .222 duration, which I would switch to a Edelbrock performer plus cam or the summit racing Eqiv. which is cheaper. Add small tube headers and a Quadrajet carb. The result will give you excellant torque for towing, throttle response as well as good mileage.
Tune it up with spiral core plug wires and a brass terminal cap and rotor. Add a K&N air filter for the final touches.
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