Dieselgeek might have me talked into doing EFI on the Chevelle. The clincher will be cost. If I can keep it under $1,000 it is possible. I am requesting experienced input on hardware selection to achieve 275 hp at the wheels while meeting the $1,000 goal. Is that possible?
The car is a 67 Malibu. Engine is a 327, .040 over, double hump heads, .480"/230 @.050 cam. Trans is a 700R-4, rear is a 12-bolt with 3.55's. The car has gone a best of 13.50 @ 100 mph. I like to road trip the car.
I have a set of Vortec heads that are ready to go. I could use them, and install the intake, poppet injector spider setup, and throttle body from a 96-99 pickup/96-2003 van; I'm sure the cost at a U-pull-it would be very low. Or would I be better off using something else, given the poor reputation of the poppet "spider" setup?
Fuel pump? I am thinking some manner of inline pump, if possible.
I would have to say my biggest goal is to cut the stink when it idles; it is rich at an idle thanks to the 4777 with a weenie cam. Right now when we sit in traffic my wife complains of headache, etc. Some of that might be the old-school cam, which I am willing to change out if necessary. Secondary goals are driveability and fuel economy; sadly performance is last on the list, but it is one of the goals as well.
Thanks in advance for your input.