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Old 01-03-2003, 03:56 PM
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I am looking into buying a chevy 305 for my 63 gmc truck. What year engine should I look for? And what should I look for before I decide to buy a paticular engine. Thanks!!!

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Don't waste your money. Start with a 350.
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i dont if one 305 is any better than another. good transportation. no hot rod. look for runing engine, get complete with exhaust manf.dip stick,carb,dist. GOOD LUCK
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If you can find a 305HO out of a 82 Z28 Camaro, with the carb rather than cross-fire injection, it would work OK, a 350 crate motor is sometimes cheaper than rebuilding.
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For what it's worth...I would suggest just getting a 350. I just went through an old 4-bolt main truck motor 010 casting number. Much better than a 305 and parts are everywhere. I used the block and stock crank and std. bore. The best improvement that I made was the addition of vortec heads from the junk yard. I added balanced rods, crane 272 energizer cam, and silovite flat top pistons. The heads I used are 55cc chambers so my compression is real close to 10-1. Everything else is new except for a used weiand 8004 manifold that I modified to fit the vortec heads and 1 5/8 headers. I dropped it in a 74 Vette with a 700R4 1700 stall and a 3:36 posi. I'm only guessing, but I have to be some where around 350-360 HP this thing really flys on pump gas. Even with all the rebuild and head work I have less invested than if I would have bought a good crate motor and I'm very happy with it. This is pretty much a sleeper type car so I can't wait to crush a mustang.
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