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Keep up with the times, get an LS engine! It will give you more power for less money than an old-style SBC...
Look at a junkyard, low miles 6.0 litre (that's 364ci) out of a truck (you can swap to carb if you really need to play with a carb but factory EFI is easy and has so much potential, it is hard to believe!), swap cam (maybe heads) and there, cheap, powerful, reliable, even good on gas (yeah I know you said it does not matter, but that is more money for A/C, gauges, or chicks!).
And they love to rev!
A 4-speed trans is also a cool thing to have, it allows a shorter rear end ratio while keeping highway driving bearable (less engine RPM, less noise, less wear...).

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Originally Posted by Devildude24 View Post
And if its only $3400 it beats the engine I have now at $5500....

. You insisted on all new parts, so the price is higher, that shouldn't be hard to understand...
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:10 PM
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As far as your Google sheets list goes, I can find several items to do better on either price or quality.
-Better rotating assembly then the Eagle kit listed, it only has hyper pistons
-Better deal on aluminum heads with similar flow numbers at 1/2 that price
-ProForm rockers are not that good, and you don't want self-guided rockers on a head with guideplates on it, the two alignment methods will bind with each other.
-FluidDamper is overly expensive and not the best idea, some crank companies won't even warrantee a crank run with a FluidDamper on it. The rotating assembly I pointed you to already has one matched to it also.
-The oilpan you've listed is for a 2-piece rear seal block, but you are buying a 1-piece seal block.
-A custom torque converter is much better than an off-the-shelf fits-all from TCI, for near the same price.
-Stock starter will do just fine, don't need that fancy race starter and expense.
-Don't use platinum or iridium small tip plugs in a performance engine, the tip will burn off due to its small size not being able to deal with sudden high heat loads(instant WOT). Use Autolite o NGK standard tip or race plugs.
-You don't need an ignition module if you are using an MSD box, the box already has a module in it, box hooks directly to the magnetic pick-up in the distributor.
-Forget the sparkplug washers, waste of time for marginal if any gain.

-You're missing head bolts, flexplate-to-crank and converter bolts, balancer bolt, pushrods, and camshaft retainer plate.

that's my view of the particulars of the list.
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Alrighty, thanks for the info! I'll get on that later tonight. I didn't list bolts because I'm going to later when I actually start ordering parts. And I forgot about that oil pan.....
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Where in Texas do you live? Near San Antonio, if so I'll meet up with you an you can take a look at my 78 Camaro. Tons of work done on mine, but its just a street car.
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