Originally Posted by ap72
Vortec heads aren't needed for the sound, they will help flow somewhat and they have no exhaust crossover but they'll also reduce compression- they're not a perfect head for every street car. And the 305 Vortec heads will keep the compression up but they need some bowl work- again no free lunch.
Why 102 ICL? Of all of the cam specs they're are that one seem really random and arbitrary give no other information- that being said one of my favorite cams for a near stock engine does have a 102 ICL, 274h06, which is reboxed and sold by about 5 companies (Summit, Elgin, Comp, Howards, and maybe Melling?) is a pretty mild cam with a nice sound and can run on a cheap set of "z28" springs.
AP72,you are one of the younger guns that understands the math in cam selection.You are correct that posting 102º icl was kind of random,the point being that a "low" number on the extreme end is intended. choppy idle,good cylinder pressure,longer duration for more RPMs,,,etc.
final decision is up to the user.Maybe post some of the cams you have used for small engines and the RPM range they worked best