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Location: Iowa, near Missery (Missouri)
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It takes a good bit of time to get from about 120 up to 170, but it'll do it. Not that I'm nearly that crazy/stupid anymore. On public roads, even with a wide open view and great road, I don't think I'd ever take it beyond a quick blast to 120 or 130 and then right back down to 60. As for the 393 cleveland, I don't have one, but I do have a fresh 351C with forged flat tops in the garage. I've also a set of closed chamber 4v heads set up with stainless valves, dual springs, and 7/16" studs... and a Torker intake. But, I was wanting something that would be a bit less custom than that since I've got my '69 mustang that's been modified to a great extent that I can tinker with making unique. Besides, with the oil pump in front it'd take a bit of fitting to make work with the camaro steering. The rear sump BBF pan doesn't even clear it all that well (yes, I've looked and thought of dropping the 514 in it). This car is more about getting it done for cheap and having a low cost car that's still somewhat fast and fun but still ultra reliable for daily driving. So the 454, even in milder form than the 350, will be worth the extra effort because it'll be that much more fun?
Thanks for the suggestions! I'd think a set of domed pistons would be a lot cheaper than some early heads for the 454. If my engine had the peanut port heads, then I'd be looking for heads. But these are the larger oval ports and the heads are in great shape. Clearly, the 454 as it is would be a great match to my 85mm TV81 turbo, but I don't want that much power or hassle since the turbo would have to be put in the back and the trans won't last with that. Then again, that little trunk well area is pretty useless otherwise and the big turbo would fit back there with no problem
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Last edited by ScottJackson; 05-28-2009 at 11:31 AM.