Didn't get a chance to call anyone today but I'll talk to your contacts tomorrow and see what my options are. Hell this far in, I might as well put in a proper cam along with heads. It's just money.
I'm shooting for a drag motor that's bearable on the street.
The trans is an Astro T5 (build will begin soon).
ok, xlnt I like the way you think . . Below are some options.
I would call the guy at Astro and tell him exactly what you are doing and ask him if your trans will grenade . . He makes a trans that will take high hp but it uses a special case and costs around $3000.00 and for that price, you can get a modified TKO 600 trans . . The problem with the 485 tq trans will be if you put high traction tires on it then dump the clutch at 4000 rpm or speed shift it . . If you do NOT have either the 485 or 575 tq trans, you will likely turn it into shrapnel with the engine combo posted at the bottom of the page.
575 TORQUE CAPABILITY TRANS
CLUTCH PRESSURE PLATE
Don't know if you have anything already but depending on the disc size, I would get at least a 2600 lb one, otherwise it will likely slip but it will take a little bit of effort to depress which might get unpleasant quickly in stop and go traffic.
I'm not a fan of diaphragm pressure plates but some people are.
AFR 205 69cc or Trick Flow 225 11R . . Both will kick major ass . . I would suggest Trick Flow 205's as an option but they are 58 cc's . . For your app, I would lean towards the AFR 205's.
Forget the wimpy Eddy Air Gap and get a Vic Jr p/n 2981 or Super Vic p/n 2924 depending on your final specs . . The Super Vic is better for really high rpm power and big hp engines but you can get into the 10's with the Vic Jr and it will have a little more bottom end . . Bigger is not always better.
MSD 6A box . . It has the same full range multi spark feature the other MSD boxes do but doesn't have all the fancy options so it costs less . . If you want a rev limiter then get the 6AL box.
MSD epoxy coil p/n 8222
Autolite AR3924 gapped at .042".
There are a few different types . . With moderate cams, you can run morel 5323 or 5327 . . the 5327 are limited travel type . . These are around $350.00 . . With big cams with spring pressures around 400 or more, and rpm close to 6300 or more, the safer bet are the morel 5879's but they cost around $500.00 more . . If you call Chris Straub about a cam, he will tell you what lifters he thinks you can get away with using.
If you don't mind adjusting valves periodically, you could run a solid lifter cam and this would save you some money if you need the high dollar rollers
I would think about a solid roller cam . . For a more racing oriented cam, there are many, but you will get a little more overall power with a custom made one, however, it's not like you will get another 50 hp if you chose a good off the shelf cam to start with, however, if you're going all the way, a custom cam is your best option . . Chris Straub could also offer suggestions for you heads if you ask him . . He is also a friend of Jon Kaase's.
Here's a couple off the shelf cams that will get pretty big hp and still be "bearable" for street use but there are others from the same companies plus some from Crane, Howards and Bullet as well.
Voodoo Hydraulic Roller Cam - Ford 351W & 302 H.O. 292/300 - Lunati Power
Ask Comp about making the one below with a 112 or 112.5 lobe center.
35-776-8 - XFI? Stroker Hydraulic Roller Camshafts, Computer controlled (E.F.I.) with O.E. hydraulic roller cams 1985-95
ROCKER ARMS - Yours are 3/8" . . You will need to buy 7/16" ones for the other heads.
.080" wall chromoly
I hope you have a good one, if not, I often use ATI dampers, but for a budget one you can use a Durabond.
Mickey Thompson DOT approved ET Street Radials which will wear quickly, or just use standard tires on the street which will spin like crazy and use the drag tires for the drags only to keep from wearing them out prematurely.
HERE'S ONE BUILD COMBO FOR AROUND 525 HP AND AROUND 11's in the 1/4 MILE THAT WILL REV TO AROUND 6500 RPM
1. HEADS - AFR 205 69cc p/n 1458
2. COMPRESSION - Make it around 10.7:1 for 91 octane with the cams below.
3. QUENCH/SQUISH - .034" - .036" if possible but no more than .042"
4. CAM - Comp Cams XR292R or Lunati Voodoo 63034 . . Both are solid rollers . The Comp Cam costs around $50.00 less than the Lunati.
5. LIFTERS - Morel p/n 4713 . . They are needle bearing solid roller with the big .750" diameter wheel . . Only $355.00 at the site below which is the lowest price in the country and is $500.00 less than the good Morel hydraulic lifters.
6. INTAKE - Vic Jr, but have it port matched closer to the heads, but Eddy says don't go bigger than 2.10 x 1.18 . . I usually make the intake a hair smaller than the head to allow for a little misalignment and I go into the runners on that one around 1 1/4" to reduce the taper in the end . . Do NOT modify the heads.
7. CARB - Holley 850 HP mechanical secondary . . This is the best deal on an 850 carb.
8. CARB SPACER - Try engine with and without a 1" Jomar or HVH 4 hole spacer . . Sometimes a spacer helps and sometimes it doesn't.
9. CAM CHAIN- If you have a budget cam chain, I would swap it out with a Rollmaster Red Label chain set . You can get it with a torrington thrust bearing and/or hardened gears but it costs a little more.
10. OIL PUMP - I sure hope you have a good one.
11. OIL PUMP DRIVE - I sure hope you have a good one.
12 - ROCKER ARMS
12. HEADERS - Crites or Accufab 1 7/8 4 into 1.
Accufab - 909-930-1751 . . $800.00 . . Will not fit with stock mechanical clutch linkage but will fit with cable system.
13. MUFFLERS - Straight thru like Magnaflows.
14. EXHAUST PIPE - A least 2 5/8" to 2 3/4" preferably with X pipe . . 3" i unnecessary and will likely cost you some power.
15. ROCKER STUD GIRDLE - Wouldn't hurt but not absolutely necessary for your app.
16. REAR TIRES
For 15" x 7" inch rims.
For 15" x 8" to 9" inch rims . . these will go better with your 5 speed and 4.30 gears.
The ones below are for drag race only with 15" x 8" rim.