So, you now have to make the first decision - what general direction to go, based on your personal desires. Max horsepower? Minimum cost? Quickest street car? Best of all worlds? A certain appearance or bragging rights? No judgment here, it's only yours to judge.
Well, I'm really open to any of those. Here are my considerations in order of importance.
I'd say budget is the biggest factor. Hate that it is, but if it wasn't, I'd just order up a crate motor and have someone put it in. That being said, this is hot rodding and it isn't free, I'll spend a little cash and a lot of time when I want something.
Looks/nostalgia are pretty important. It is a daily driver (usually my only car), so there's some compromise, but I do like the novelty of a carb'd pushrod v8 still on the road, especially considering I work at a Japanese car dealership. Nothing against the blower there, I think a black blower & plumbing pumping into a gold "air cleaner" would be a novel & different idea. That paxton kit
goes for $2500, it's in the ballpark.
Really though, I'd have to say I'd lean towards the 347, or the 351 stroker. My initial thoughts on both:
347 - I can get a roller block, better heads, stroker kit, and have it ready to roll, I know it will fit, it's the simplest and likely the cheapest route. Can I safely say $1000 for a block with machining and a wisely chosen camshaft, $1000 for rotating assy, and $1500 for heads? Keep my heads for a while maybe...they have big valves, a little massaging, they weren't complete junk by any means. I could be rolling for around $2000
. That would make a great insurance policy on my current motor.
351 based stroker - Well, more cubes duh. I can get a roller complete for $500 to my door, and start piece mealing it from there. Powerhouse 408 kit? More expensive kit? Piece it together? I'm not really afraid of that, I live in DFW, it's not too hard to find old parts, and the almighty ebay helps too. BUT, I imagine it'd be smart to pick up a tremec TKO or the like, and still could I even put that power down on a public road in a car this light without serious mods? One considerable hurdle with this one is downtime...yes in theory, I can have it ready to go, and the headers will work and it'll drop in after work but when has that ever happened? The cheapest kit I can find but forged is $1000. Cam and intake lets say $500. Machine work, I'll low ball it at $1000. Pan, headers, dizzy, incidentals another $1000. So a pretty mushy figure of $3500
. Now, I'm sure you guys can shoot off some more accurate figures, feel free. And David, I still don't really know what your build consisted of, so I'm not factoring that out. I learn as I go, and I don't have any hands on experience with piecing together strokers.
It seems like I'm figuring out why the 347 is so popular. But hey, I just bought this 68 Fairlane..........