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Ok, doing a rebuild, using stock crank and piston rods ... so whats my shopping list look like? I'm thinking of getting the performer rpm intake and a nice cam ... heres what I have on my list so far, do i need to add anything more?

pistons, roller rockers, roller lifters, cam bearings, main bearings, lifter rods(?), gasket set, hipo water pump, starter coil, spark plugs, distributor, distributor cap and carb.

The rest I was going to leave stock, hoping to get some decent hp. If someone can suggest a couple of laundry lists of items to get (i.e. performance list & econmical list), that'd be great.

I was thinking of getting a set of Keith Black pistons, any thoughts?

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Maybe it's just me but I think that you'd be better off enhancing the breathing than replacing starter, pistons,distributor (try a Pertonix instead) etc. (if they're not pooched that is). I have a Performer on my 351w matched with an RV/Towing cam (the rest is stock)and the engine seems to fall down a bit at 60-70 mph. It's still fun mind you but I think the heads, cam and intake are a little overwhelmed when you get up there in RPM. If it was me I'd get a nice set of better flowing heads, stick with the Performer RPM and maybe bump up the cam a slight bit more (contact mfr.) as mine has PLENTY of grunt and I could afford to trade some for more top end.

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con rod bolts and main bolts. You'll need to have a machine shop resize your con rods and press in the new bolts.

Roller lifters? On a 289/302 not previously equipped with roller lifters that opens an entire can of worms normally solved by installing a high-dollar retro fit kit. I don't know if you run into the same issue of a shorter lifter bore with the taller decked 351 block.

I split the difference and went with a hydraulic flat tappet cam and roller rockers. Obviously the roller cam would be a better route...but it looked like it would be cheaper to buy a new block than it would be to buy a high dollar conversion kit.

Did you say oil pump? You'll definitely want to replace that unless you are certain of your current pumps history.

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Hi Chris...
I've got a stock block, crank and rods in the race car....

What kind of combo do you want to build.....??

Tell us more about the intended use of the car and the other drivetrain components...

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Camachinist,

Basically I want a solid mid range performer. I like the car to accelerate really well, but still be capable of driving on the highway. This will be a daily driver, but I want some rip snorting engine performance out of it as well!

Heres a chart that appealed to me at Crane, I also included links to some of the items I was considering, do you approve? Also, they list a bunch of stuff for their "recommended" setup for performance (I like the "strong" performer), but what do I really need/want? I'm trying to avoid any heavy retrofitting etc, so that a newbie like me is not completely overwhelmed here :). I want to learn and build the engine myself, but still want to stick to the good ol' KISS principle.

Ok, heres the list of "suggested" configs @ crane (I was thinking "strong"): http://store.yahoo.com/cranecams/forv83550lho.html

Here are a couple of the items I was thinking of, the "coil" has a warning on not working with points? I know my stock distributor would have come with them (likely), but can I use petronix to get around this or what do I need in terms of distributor to be compatible with these two items (they look nasty in a good way)! While I'm at it, why are the 11mm wires LESS in cost that the 8.5mm? I was thinking of going as big as I can get here.

Heres parts list:
http://store.yahoo.com/cranecams/pspercoil.html
http://store.yahoo.com/cranecams/8cylun85slee.html

Phew, thanks for the read folks ... I think I should go up in ranking for sheer volume!!

Chris (aka {CANADA}Lypheus).

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OK....

Rather than creating a laundry list here, maybe I can find a link to some good info...

My fingers are getting a bit tired over the last couple days...

BTW...KB hypereutectics are a good, economical piston...recommend

Pat
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