The first thing I had to do was fill the empty space between the fenders. I found a 454 in a Suburban at the U-pull-it yard and got lucky. It's a gen 6 crate replacement with a casting date from 2000. It has the fuel pump provision, peanut port heads, 4 bolt mains, and was pretty clean inside. It had a collapsed lifter, but everything else looked good, so after checking a few bearings with some plastigauge, I decided to spin the wheel, clean it up a little spray bomb it and see what happens. I had to get the GM pan for it, changed it from flat tappet to a stock vortec roller cam, and added a performer 2.0, HEI, and some Hedman headers. I also replaced the oil pump. Again, it's no race car, just a cruiser.
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