Originally Posted by vinniekq2
what the real issues are:
can I make a gen 1 with a carb and flat tappet cam and distributor perform anything at all like a modern engine?
No you cannot.
And show me a stock 350 long block that can run around 1,000hp. There's a LOT of boosted 5.3L's doing that every weekend.
The heads are a big advantage as is the intake design, as is the electronics, but those are NOT the only advantages. Every aspect has been improved from the oil pump to the valve stem.