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Old 11-18-2012, 08:22 PM
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This time around im working with a 1988 Camaro. This car is much easier to work on and doesnt intimidate me in the slightest. Progress will be very slow but the changes will be huge. I have big plans for this one. Here's whats gonna happen:

First i'm gonna finish taking care of the rust spots and focus on cleaning it up and keeping it running smooth. Sometime soon i'll be getting a short throw shifter and a more aggressive muffler.

Next it's getting a paint job. The paint is horrendous. It has yellowing all over and too much cracked and chipped paint. Thankfully this is the only thing wrong with the car. I can finally use my money for upgrades instead of repairs.

As soon as spring rolls around and I have money from taxes I'm going to buy either a 305 and use the existing drivetrain, or a 350 and upgrade the drivetrain to support the power. I'm thinking a stock crate motor with a Holly 650 carburetor. Thanks to some friends I now have a garage to work in and all the tools necessary to do this.

That's really about it. Unfortunately there wont be much to look at this time around seeing as this car actually works. However look out for a clip of the new muffler in the next week or so.

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:26 PM
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I wouldn't bother with a tpi 305 or 350. Why not go the truck ls engine route.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:59 AM
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I wouldn't bother with a tpi 305 or 350. Why not go the truck ls engine route.
I can get a 350 for like 300 bucks used and the parts for them are extremely cheap and easy to find. And im looking at a crate engine. An ls engine is fuel injected...i dont want to deal with that. I want an old school carburated engine. Much easier and something i can actually do and have fun with. I dont wanna spend weeks just messing with electronics fuel pumps fuel lines and the computer...fuck that. Grab a 305 crate, should pop right in, might need a new bell housing, slap on a nice carburetor, different distributor, fuel pressure regulator, exhaust, hook up the throttle...done. And i can pull out all the computer/wiring mumbo jumbo.

Oh and my girlfriends dad has a 350 in his basement...i have plans to make him an offer

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Can someone rename this thread to "Back to Basics" minus the " please

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Can someone rename this thread to "Back to Basics" minus the " please
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I wouldn't even bother with the 305, by the time you build it up, you'll be at stock 350.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:29 AM
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I wouldn't even bother with the 305, by the time you build it up, you'll be at stock 350.
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Also, you can make a 350 look sexy



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i vote 350 simply because aftermarket options and cheap to fix.
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Yes, 350 all the way. So many reasons why.


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