70 Chevelle cam change w engine in car
Hey all - Planning a winter project here. My Chevelle has a fairly weak 454 and it needs a little pick me up. Currently its a 86 454 w peanut ports, mild cam, air gap and 650 carb. I picked up a set of closed chamber Vortec heads with some bowl work and upgraded springs and hardware, voodoo Hydraulic FT cam 60203 227/230 @.050 , .542/.554, Quick fuel SS 830 carb, new pushrods and rockers, etc.. It has hooker headers (i believe 2") and 2 1/2" exhaust too. My plan is to pull the heads and cam in the car...am I nuts? Or should I pull the engine? I know if I pull the engine I cant just leave the rest alone. Was hoping for a relatively quick and budget type upgrade.
If I were to do this in car, I'm guessing grill might have to come out for cam access. Also, looks like the oil pan will need to be dropped a bit, and I can only imagine these headers are going to be a bear to get in and out. Any other road blocks you can think of? I've done this before on Mopars, but my first Chevelle.
Thanks for any pointers!