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Re: $10k engine build opinions?
With 10 Grand to spend. I would NOT even consider any B.B. engine, WHY ?? I have a one owner trailer queen 1970 LS-5/M-22 and a 1970 SS Sta. Wgn. (driver) with a 468. I also have a 2011- 1/2 Ton 4WD silverado with a ( 100% Stock ) 6.2 engine with a 6 speed paddle shift auto.
This engine shifts at 5800 in every gear. Its quiet, gets good milage, 20-21 MPG in a 5500 Lb. 4WD P/U. ( H.P. in a 3/4 is 403--H.P. in a 1/2 Ton is 413. ) My engine shuts down at 100 MPH. After warrenty is up, Then it will go faster.
For me ,,,,, A stock 6.2 with a 6 speed auto in a Chevelle, Would be the best of both worlds. It sounds like your Grandmothers 6 cyl. And will kick ALL the big dogs AZZ to the curb!
Also, You have a lot of options to improve the performance of an already FAST " LS-6.2 " engine. To keep the look of a 70s High Performance Car. YES a big block is Super KOOL.
BUT, If you want speed and Milage and Keep the hood shut. The ONLY answer is The new LS engine design. Or drive a new Camaro with a 6.2 and then YOU decide what is best for you.
I never thought I would say anything bad about a Big Block Chevy or a HEMI. Remember this " Your time is up " Small block Chevy Era., 348s, 409s, 396s, 454s, -- Time Marches on "
P.S. Ernies-- 69 Chevelle, Black Sta. Wgn. LS powered and with a huffer, Was the last man standing at the drags in Nashville at Chevelabration and its his daily driver ! Ernie put a lot of B.B. on the trailer.
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1970 SS LS-5/M-22 El Camino- Org. Owner-AACA 2016-Senior Grand National Winner---MCACN-GOLD-2013
1970 ( FRAUD) SS 468 Station Wagon - Driver.