Aww...i guess I'm not really worried about anything...other than not liking the car when done.
I built this engine for one thing and it's gona' be used for another...and I'm trying to justify using it as is anyway.
I'm probably not going to be able to use it as is..but I hate having to redo it anyway. This engine was built right. Bored and pistons fitted, balanced and on and on. I wasn't building a LS6 but an "exceptional" LS6 type clone (albeit 10:1.)
Mr 4 speed has already given me the answer in another thread....heck even gave me some tips on a cam and proper converter.
You have echoed what he said...hydraulic roller.
I started out trying to stop with yesterday's technology...since unbelievable hp and torque can be made with today's strokers and and cam technology...and there is no good place to stop up to 1,000 hp.
So the LS6 454 was the pinnancle back in the day..and I stopped there.
I was just hoping someone actually did have one of the mutt cars or a stock LS6, 3:31, turbo 400 that defied physics and ran in the low 12's "or something".
Then... I could use my solid lifter, ported head, big valve engine "as is" with a good conscience, in my automatic air conditioned car...LOL!!
I know, it ain't gona happen...just hoping for a long shot before I do a tear down....and these were pretty remarkable engines once upon a time.
I'm not into restorations..hence the name Stan's Customs, but I do love era correct or stock appearing cars.
I never left anything stock back in the day either.. Even though this car I have would pass for the real deal...without a build sheet or original engine there's no way to prove it is.
...and that just fine for me. I wouldn't pay a nickel more for a numbers matching car than the one I have. I drive them a lot ...and don't like the way some of them were produced in the first place.
...and yeah I know about the cost of a restoration. Having built a restomod 61 Corvette, I can tell you the cost of building this car pales in comparison to the cost cost of some restomods.
I've had all kinds. Numbers matching, clones and restomods...and I've decided that the only thing that matters is that you "love the car" when your finished...and it helps if people go "wow" when they see it.
After that ...it's just something to obsess about and overspend on. The only thing I do obsess about ...is craftsmanship. My cars are usually like new..and as mint whatever they are.
...and liike Alfred E. Newman sad: "What, me worry?" lol!
Life's too short, I don't worry ...I'm just particular.