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1968 El Camino Project

Quantum673

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Took it for a drive this afternoon.
Ran very well. Good power through the RPM's. I think it will get even better with some fresh gas.
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Quantum673

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When’s the stroker going in it?
I have done a pretty good job resisting the urge to yank this motor out and swapping with the 355. Guessing that time is coming sooner than later. Thinking about doing it this winter. Probably going to do front disc brake conversion at the same time. Going to need to build up some play money first though.
 

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I have done a pretty good job resisting the urge to yank this motor out and swapping with the 355. Guessing that time is coming sooner than later. Thinking about doing it this winter. Probably going to do front disc brake conversion at the same time. Going to need to build up some play money first though.

If you're gonna swap it you could go LS. Call Jim he's done a number of them in Chevelles, same frame.
 

Quantum673

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If you're gonna swap it you could go LS. Call Jim he's done a number of them in Chevelles, same frame.

That would be awesome. I would need to bring the big wallet to do that.

I have the 355 ready to build in the barn. It’s already dipped and machined ready to put together. Probably need another $1300 or so in parts for pistons, crank, camshaft, etc. cost me another $700 or so for the front disc conversion. Other side of the argument is the dependability of the LS swap.
 

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That would be awesome. I would need to bring the big wallet to do that.

I have the 355 ready to build in the barn. It’s already dipped and machined ready to put together. Probably need another $1300 or so in parts for pistons, crank, camshaft, etc. cost me another $700 or so for the front disc conversion. Other side of the argument is the dependability of the LS swap.
Build the 355 and sell it? Fund some the LS conversion?
 

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That would be awesome. I would need to bring the big wallet to do that.

I have the 355 ready to build in the barn. It’s already dipped and machined ready to put together. Probably need another $1300 or so in parts for pistons, crank, camshaft, etc. cost me another $700 or so for the front disc conversion. Other side of the argument is the dependability of the LS swap.

Call Jim anyway. I'm sure he's got what you need. 👍.
 
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Quantum673

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Well shit. Now I can’t quit thinking about dropping a LS in it. Looks like I am going to have to give Jim a call before long. Start slowly gathering parts and put the plan to paper.

Anyone need a 355 block and Turbo 350 transmission. 😂🤣😂
 
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hickslawns

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I am guessing that price is either a crate motor or someone else doing all the labor.
I would imagine so. I had under $1500 in motor/trans out of a truck with 94,000 miles. Saving for the radiator, headers, and LS compatible fuel tank for the Chevy II. That would be $3000 high end but probably less for you. You have more room to fit it in place. I will drop it in but will need someone to do the computer and wiring stuff. Another grand? Hopefully less? That is $5500 total.
 

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I am guessing that price is either a crate motor or someone else doing all the labor.

Yeah likely. And it depends on if you need to make floor pan adjustments to the power tunnel. Jim may have one sitting on the floor. The last one he did they guy bought a totaled camaro, hit in the rear.