Re: 454 with oval port build
Here's the story on the 454: The guy who sold it to me had it built for his 69 Chevelle. It's a quality build with .030 over forged pistons, hydraulic roller cam, roller rockers, Edelbrock Torker intake, and a tricked out Holley 770 carb. The whole build has less than 1500 miles on it and is supposed to have over 500HP. The bad part is that the crank keyway gave way and the balancer spun and damaged the snout of the crank.
I picked up the complete motor from carb to pan along with a set of Hedman Headers, an engine stand, and an extra set of valve covers for $1000.00. That money came out of the cash I had set aside to do a Tremec 5 speed swap. I'm hoping to be able to drop this 454 and a Tremec 5 speed in this spring so my funds for the motor are somewhat limited. Eventually, I'll also be able to sell my 396 and Muncie trans once everything is said and done.
However, I don't want to cheap out on an engine build either. Basically, once my machine shop digs into the motor, I'll know what direction I am going to go in.
68 Chevelle convertible. 396, 4 speed, 9" Ford rear with 3:70 gears
69 Camaro SS 427, TKO600 5 speed, 9" Ford rear with 3:89 gears