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Old 09-25-2003, 04:19 PM
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Roller Lifter and Rockers

It is possible to use roller lifters on an ordinary cam right? I ask this because I'm planning on buying a new cam, lifters, and rockers for my 305.. But don't wanna poor in an extra 100 or 200 bucks for a roller cam when I won't be able to swap it over to the 383 in the future... I figure the rockers and lifters I could swap over to the 383 this way i can increase the HP of the 305 while buying parts for the 383 at the same time hehe. Also are the rocker lengths the same in a 305 and 350? And whats a mildly aggressive cam for a 305?

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Old 09-25-2003, 05:15 PM
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Roller rockers YES ! Roller Lifters on a regular cam No Way!!!
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Old 09-25-2003, 05:35 PM
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As Roy`s already said, it can`t be done, the heights of the 2 are different, you could, however, find a 87 and up 305 or better yet 350 that came with a factory roller cam, then all you have to do is buy a roller cam for that year block, the lifters and other hardware can be used again on the new roller cam. I wouldn`t waste my time on a 305, especially when a 350 is just as cheap or cheaper to rebuild.
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:24 PM
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Alright.. So I may look into buyin some roller rockers.. As for the cam and lifters what kinda duration and degrees do I wanna look for for the 305? I would like for it to be mildly aggressive but not so much that it sounds like its bout to die at a stop light. Right now the 383 is just a project stuck in my mind till I can find a job and start gettin some money in to put towards it.. So for now I'm basicly trying to buy some performance parts to stick on the 305 that I will be able to take off later and put on the 383 when i start building it... So i'm not really waisting my money on the 305. Its just borrowing some of the parts of the 383 while I save up the money.. And tryin to keep the 305 running decently till then. Hence needing new cam and lifters..
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Old 10-01-2003, 08:22 PM
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Come on atleast a few suggestions as to what to look for in a Cam for my 305 would be nice... I would say that it is pretty bone stock with stock intake and Q-Jet Carb... I noticed the lobes are a little flat after taking the valve covers off a few months ago and some rods aren't coming up quite as highe as the others. Lookin for something a tad more radical but not overkill. Any suggestions would be helpful.. Also I wanna just stick with a stock solid lifter and cam.. No money on rollers waisted here when its gonna be replaced some day. Also its got the stock Rearend that came in the 82 camaros (limited slip). And a TH-200 Transmission with stock lockup converter

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the biggest cam I think you be able to go with would be the comp cams Xtreme "268" the spec's are 268/280 @.050 224/230 .477/.480 110 and thats a pretty healthy cam for a street driven 305..but It will also work well in a mild 383 application..
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Old 10-07-2003, 05:12 AM
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Just remember, when some cams say use with headers and stall converter, they mean it! 305's are not real powerful, but they come from a great family of SBC's. Everything in balance, Daniel son. must have balance. Maybe go after some other parts first before you do the cam if you have not done so. I put in a mild cam in my chopt 53 Bel Air and did nothing else. BIG mistake!
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