I'm trying to get my 68 Camaro RAGTOP going, garage queen here for several years (spare you the saga on why, old timers here may remember). Some renno work being done near my car, she has to relocate to the neighbors while work is done near the fresh paint, etc.
OK guys, minor update here, this build is on the sloooooooow cooker here.
Meanwhile, have kept my ear to the ground. Always scrounging. BUDGET is my watchword, CHEAPO is my MANTRA!!!!!
Remember, for the street and a budget, a big displacement dumb engine is THE BOMB!!!
Neighbor down the block where I will stash my car, Dennis, scored a 454 and th400 cheap several weeks back. I dropped in, spied his BARGAIN was better than he thought...inside was a VIRGIN FORGED CRANK!!!! I made him a low buck offer on that, which he accepted, and we installed a virgin nodular crank in his engine that he is selling
so now we have
o #289 block (will send pics to VORTECPRO for eval even before a sonic check. DG in Auburn WA has a sonic checker)
note: this block is a ".100-over or bust" type deal, already .060-over with some bores not good for a refresh. Cheap-Big is to bore, makes cubes and helps breathing.
o the #2416 forged crankie mentioned above
o the truck/thumb rods
I have been eyeing the very affordable SpdPro H426P hyper pistons and #215/063/290 1967-68/late 68-69/70 respectively. As some of you will remember, maybe, this is pretty much the combo that was in my Elky's 454 from 2010--2014. (except these were forged but similar low dome pistons) And of further note, this more or less replicates THE GREAT FOUNDATION laid by Chevrolet with the 1970 LS5 454! This would be a 10:1 CR engine. The thing is, Chevy left out the cam, but I won't!
Further, the heads will have some development, stuff never dreamed of or possible in a production build. Alternate heads would be some 236 PP heads here. I pulled them off a 454 I bought a few years back, discovered an upgrade to 2.19 intakes. This would be a 9:1 engine with these heads and the H426P slugs
Cam and intake to match....some budget oil system upgrades
LIKELY this would go into another 70 Elky (practical use/pick-up), a 68 Nova (sentimental use, my 1st car), or a 69 Camaro (which is on most everybody's list)! Any of these would have either moderate gearing or some OD capability.