Originally Posted by just_a_goodoboy
Originally Posted by 2/75NastyNewbs
To the OP,
1. What’s your budget? $30K
2. Do you intend to buy a “finished” car? Or a project car? Finished
Here’s my 2 cents:
LS engines are great. They run good and make great power due to the air flow characteristics of the cylinder heads. They have other great design features aswell. HOWEVER, throwing out a blanket statement saying that they run smoother isn’t quite accurate. Many different factors play into the “smoothness” of an engine. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that when the shop owner said “smoother”, it was probably in reference to a lower cruising RPM. There aren’t many people that swap and LS engine into a muscle car and don’t put an over drive transmission into it.
You don't need to do an LS swap for a nice reliable cruiser. A nice crate small block such as a Blue Print Engines 383 stroker and an overdrive transmission such as a 7004r would fit the bill nicely. You could fuel inject it too depending on budget. This would give you the best of both worlds. Nice cruising RPM, reliable starting, and great muscle car performance.
Thank you 2/75NastyNewbs
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It does not matter to me if LS, small block or big block. I just want reliable and decent ride. From the comments here its looking small block or big block is my direction. LS will cost too much money and too much risk depending on previous owner to have done the work correctly. The simpler the car, the better for me. I do not want all the extra HP extra and fancy stuff on the car. i can add that later as I see fit. I do not even care about matching numbers. Just something that works and nice. And I can drive about 3-4 times a week for about 300 400 miles a week.
Well it sounds like you’ve made up your mind. A nice small block that isn’t too high strung sounds like just the ticket. Or a big block of you can find a car with one already installed. Big block builds aren’t cheap.
An overdrive trans will be your friend. Or a numerically low gear with a torquey big block will help you cruise too.
For 30k you can get a pretty solid car. My advice is to really take your time shopping around and don’t rush into anything. Be annoyingly meticulous when talking to the previous owner. Ask lots of questions, ask for receipts, crawl underneath, etc. I’m sure there’s some threads on this site on what to look for when shopping for a chevelle.
Upgraded suspension will be a large factor in the ride comfort for your longer trips. Again, lots of info on this site for suspension set ups. You can always do that yourself and keep the budget pretty low with some smart shopping for parts.
Like others on this thread have said, there’s nothing that sounds like a naturally aspirated SBC or BBC. I’ll try to load a clip of mine at idle. Good luck with your hunt.
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th350, 2600 stall,
12 bolt, 3.55 eaton posi
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