Just bought a Chevy small block 4 bolt main. I have a general idea what I want to do with it, but I was wondering if someone had a more rad idea. What would you guys do? When in doubt always turn to the internet.
Well, I would disagree as to turning to the internet for advice. Buy a book. No reason to not rebuild it. Tear it down, mark everything, get a decent engine kit, maybe a summit 1102 cam, if not cracked, clean up the heads, Bolt it together and put it in a plastic bag in the garage corner, You will sooner or later have a need for it. By doing it all yourself, you could have it all rebuilt for well less than $1000. it's a sbc, there are still a lot of people who like and want these. The more you read, the more you do, the more you do, the smarter you get, smarter you get, the better life becomes. .
I’d start by asking what is the application do you want or can to do inside that application?
Rad ideas can vary from a low buck rebuild to an earth shaking unlimited monster. That’s a pretty board range, so gettin a lasso around some part of that is helpful.
I can’t speak for anybody else but I find budget to be an important factor. When a well healed client wants a motor and money is no object I build something a lot different than a motor for me where money for projects is constrained.