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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 17, 9:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Happy with 327?

Sorry if I'm posting in the wrong spot, I didn't see a general discussion forum here...

Anyways I'm looking for a 64-67 Chevelle right now and I've set the parameters to two door, manual, big block. I'm coming from a Vette with an ls1 6 speed which was a very fun car!

I know these Chevelles are a different animal but basically my thinking is bigger the motor the happier I'll be? In my search I'm finding big blocks to be big money and I'm coming across several 327 and 350 set ups.

There's actually a 67 i found that I really like everything about it but it has the 327. Will I be satisfied with a 327 or should I keep looking? Can I easily source a bigger motor and will it bolt right up to the frame and trans etc?

The car will be used for cruising and car shows no racing for now but i want a loud torque machine with a nice lumpy cam!

I'm coming to you experts because I'm not familiar with old school cars like these... yet
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 17, 9:28 AM
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Re: Happy with 327?

I had a 1968, 327 large journal, with forged steel crank and 2.02 fuelie heads in my 70 el Camino. It was mated to an m21 trans. Man, that was a fun vehicle to drive! I reeved the snot out of her and abused her more than I should have but I could not kill her! I gave the vehicle to my brother and he sold the elCamino but put the 327 in his 70 Chevelle with a powerglide and abused her for a few more years with no issues!! Besides the dz 302, the large journey 327 is my favorite sbc!
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Look up the specs on an L79 327 or you can always buy a SBC chevelle and pull & save the engine drop a "Vortecpro" 467" BBC in it and beef up the drive train and grin ear to ear
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Re: Happy with 327?

"i want a loud torque machine with a nice lumpy cam! "

Torque machine, lumpy cam and 327 do not belong together in the same sentence, unless there is an "isn't" in there with it.

A 327 with a lumpy cam will need to be spun up a little higher to get it moving.
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"i want a loud torque machine with a nice lumpy cam! "

Torque machine, lumpy cam and 327 do not belong together in the same sentence, unless there is an "isn't" in there with it.

A 327 with a lumpy cam will need to be spun up a little higher to get it moving.
This is why I started the thread, what I want and what this care has "327" are two different things...

I'm trying to find out if I will be happy with a 327, if I should keep looking, if I should get it and source a BB to swap in...
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Re: Happy with 327?

It's a personal taste. The only one that knows if you'll be happy or not is you.

If you were driving a LS 1 you probably will be a little disappointed with a 327. If you really like the looks of the car and the way it drives and handles, buy it. You can always change the engine down the road.
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It's a personal taste. The only one that knows if you'll be happy or not is you.

If you were driving a LS 1 you probably will be a little disappointed with a 327. If you really like the looks of the car and the way it drives and handles, buy it. You can always change the engine down the road.
What engine can I bolt up to the car and drive train without modification or changing trans etc?
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 17, 12:34 PM
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Re: Happy with 327?

The big block will bolt right up to the transmission. everything is a bolt in deal. no cutting or welding .

You can make really good power from the 327 and keep it a daily driver.
Buddy had one combo built and stuck on the dyno . 327 with 180 eliminator heads with RPM intake and 750 carb.
9.5 compression and the comp XE270HR or might be the XE276HR.

421 HP and 419 TQ or maybe those numbers are flipped.. either way it runs out very well for a bolt together deal.
He has 4 speed with 336 gears. it is in his 66 vette.

Should work very well in a Chevelle also.
One of the quickest big cars i got to ride in was a 4 door 56 chevy with a 283 and 4 speed.
Looked bone stock on the outside but the stupid thing would pull the front wheels off the ground.

If you can't tune or do not have someone that can tune then bigger cubes can sometimes work as a crutch.
My 350's have put the hurt on many BBC cars.

Get the right combo and gears and tune it and you will be amazed what a little engine can do.
Matters how deep the pocket is sometimes. do you have 1700 for a pair of heads and 1000 for valvetrain.

Could the BBC be finished for cheaper???
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 17, 2:58 PM
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Re: Happy with 327?

looking for a bbc maybe disappointing if its a stocker
alot of 327's ran harder than the 325 - 350 hp 396-stockers
besides you could always upgrade a 327 car without worries of hurting cars value
with few exceptions
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What engine can I bolt up to the car and drive train without modification or changing trans etc?
From a 194 cubic inch 6 cylinder to a 582 big block will bolt to the frame and bellhousing without any modifications. If you really like the car you should buy it. Rarely does anyone find that perfect for them Chevelle. My advice is buy the best body you can find. Fixing rust is more expensive than changing engines.
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 17, 4:10 PM
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Re: Happy with 327?

There's a pretty big difference between the average 327 and one that's been built up right with many after market parts. The difference between the two is night and day.
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Re: Happy with 327?

There's even a huge difference in how the engine is tuned. A well tuned small block (and I'm not talking built to the ragged edge here) will give many a mediocre running big block owner absolute fits. My old 67 327 Caprice stocker used to outrun a local big block Corvette until about the last hundred feet of the quarter mile. There's a lot more to a car than just brute force. If you're a good tuner, brute force can really show the wimps the quick way home..... but not if you're a below average tuner.

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What engine can I bolt up to the car and drive train without modification or changing trans etc?
What transmission is in the car,now?
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What transmission is in the car,now?
4 speed with 3.73 rear
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4 speed with 3.73 rear
Modify that 327 like others have suggested and you will have a nice car.
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