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Old 12-15-2005, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by 302/Z28

what is the best performance cam ( I will replace the timing chain with cam too) I can put in this vortec with out any head machine work ? a cam with as much lift and performance as the stock vortecs will take with out any machine work with the stock GM valve springs ? I guess I'm Looking 4 the best bang 4 the buck.

i've bought a 117,000mi 5.7 vortec to install in a 63 Nova project. plan is to use the 98 vortec 5.7 to get the car going and recoporate from the car restoration / build financially speaking, till I can build my forged bottom end 383 with a nice set of alum performance heads. I want, to run the vortec for a yr to a 1 1/2 yr time frame, till I can get my 383 built outa done out of my early 70s SBC 350 4 bolt main block done. will this stock vortec take a 75 or 100 shot of nos at the track a 1/2 a dozen Xs a yr ? and I will have a set of Vortec Heads for my parts stash in the end.

I could get wild and rebuild the vortec, but don't plan too. I just want to run it for a yr or two and enjoy it, I don't think I will rebuild it, this will be a 17 teen yr olds 1st rod. (this will be a good starter motor for him to learn on at the local drag strip)I think he will be responsible as far as taking care of it, and using his head since he will be in on every nut and bolt, lets just say he will help on everything done. plus helping financially too.

My Complete Plan
I'm Starting to Build a pro street 63 Nova 2Dr HT. plan is to be a 5yr project (Ladder Bar Rear frame and a narrowed ford 9", Big Tubs, Roll Cage, 14.5"W or wider Rubber on the Rear, 3 1/2" front Wheels, 4 wheel disc ect. ) I will be running a stock 65 front clip (No Money in my budget for a MII Front End, I can Not see a MII in my future) (including stock front frame, 65 radiator support and 65 fenders, and prob a stock hood at 1st) this is a father son project that is Not going to be a Daily Driver. prob some warm summer nite cruising and some 1/4mi Drag Strip time, like 6 + Xs a yr at the strip. I have A nice 72 stock 4 bolt main SBC std. bore 350 & a built 350Th tranny, the motor I want to build outa the 1972 350cid 4 bolt main is a 383 stroker somewhere in the 425HP 450HP Range. but with this size project (plan is 5yrs to Finnish) I need time to build it and time to save the funds.

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