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Hey everyone i have a 87 chevy camaro berlenette with a 350. Besides heads cam exhaust and intake what all could i do cheaply to get more power. Another question id like to swap out the 700r4 for a 5 speed tranny what would be a good tranny to replace with and how would i go about doing it. Thanks in advance for the help

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Hey everyone i have a 87 chevy camaro berlenette with a 350. Besides heads cam exhaust and intake what all could i do cheaply to get more power. Another question id like to swap out the 700r4 for a 5 speed tranny what would be a good tranny to replace with and how would i go about doing it. Thanks in advance for the help
I'm gonna go on a limb..
the 350 isn't stock as they should have a 305
is it still TBI or is it carb.. if TBI did they change the ecu or prom chip for the 350 one.. if not.. you'll need to change that..
I'd find out what I have, and what the compression is.. most 350's that someone wouls stab in are 8.5 to 1.. milling the heads or changine to 64 cc heads will help tons..

the easyest 5 speed is the t5 that came in these.. the better option is the later t56.. these cars are the same underneth from 82-02 other than them going to unequal a arms up front.. so a f body t56 would be my choice..
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Hey everyone i have a 87 chevy camaro berlenette with a 350. Besides heads cam exhaust and intake what all could i do cheaply to get more power. Another question id like to swap out the 700r4 for a 5 speed tranny what would be a good tranny to replace with and how would i go about doing it. Thanks in advance for the help
Nothing I´ve done to my 86 Camaro has worked out cheap.
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Nothing I´ve done to my 86 Camaro has worked out cheap.
haha take the shipping charges and other fees that go with buying stuff from spain.. and it's not that bad..
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Hey everyone i have a 87 chevy camaro berlenette with a 350. Besides heads cam exhaust and intake what all could i do cheaply to get more power. Another question id like to swap out the 700r4 for a 5 speed tranny what would be a good tranny to replace with and how would i go about doing it. Thanks in advance for the help

700r4 is a great trans replacing it with anything less than the 6 speed will suck. The 5 is not strong or cheap. If you have to have a trans built then why not get the 700r4 built it will be faster and smoother than a manual and last longer without clutch and throw out bearings to replace.

You called it heads cam exhuast intake replace all that stuff with better stuff.

You can tune the timing a little add some good plugs and a good air filter to get a few ponies. if its tpi there is a tune up kit the corvette guys use that replaces the thermostat and adds the air foil to the intake that kit makes for a good bump in power but nothing like a good cam.

If you are having money issues them drive it stock. everything you can do to make more power will cost a crap load of money. Best bang for the buck would be gears by far they will make the car quicker and probably give some more top speed as the stock gears are pretty tall for the 700r4 trans overdrive.

3.73 gears will make a major difference but still no free rides.
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Had the numbers ran and it is a 305 carberated
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Had the numbers ran and it is a 305 carberated
If you have a garage i would source a good 350 with clean bores and build it slowly and allow for money to be spent a few bucks at a time. Also keeps your car on the road. I have also seen engines built in an appartment closets.

The 305 is a good runner and can make some good power but nothing like a strong 350 or 383/400.
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350s are hard to come by around here so i was gonna stick with the 305
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Where do you live that a Chevy 350 is hard to come by? Probably the most common engine ever made!
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Everyone around here buys them for their demo cars
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I've found it's pretty easy to buy a running car with a 350 in it, then rip the engine out and sell the rest. Most the time you can end up with a cheap engine that way, and maybe a few other parts you need too.
If you check your local Craigslist I'd bet you can find one, or a running car with 350 cheap. I wouldn't put any money into a 305 to try and wring more performance out of it.
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