Ya know I go one step further and say, Really................ the "Power Tour", is this the car you really want to be remembered driving or being seen in by millions of hotrodders and pic takers?
I guess I just have a higher standard of standards.
Can't you find at least a $500 79 Malibu? If I wasn't going to drive a hotrod I would just rent a new Malibu and ride in comfort to each stop.
Back in 2008 member Jim Rockford made a thread about a LT1 swap into a box style Caprice that turned out pretty good if I remember correctly.
As for hiding buying parts from my wife, I was making a married-guy joke. I am in no way destitute nor eating ramen noodles every night. Just trying to be budget conscious and build a relatively fast, different car out of stuff that I have laying around. Add some go-fast goodies and go have fun. After all, isn't that the spirit of hot rodding? As long as it puts a smile on my face, than I consider it money well spent.
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I know of a few 406's that have done some surprising stuff with the original 5.565" rods with good bolts... For what the o/p intends to use this car for, going with a long rod isn't necessary, imo.
BUT if you're going to buy ARP bolts and get the rods magnafluxed and re-sized, you've almost paid for a new set of H beam rods with 7/16" cap screws ... and as I said before, there is a much better selection of pistons for the 5.7 rod to get the compression where you want it.
A lot of guys jump to a 6.0 rod the ring pack will make more power than the long rod will help, the little used 5.85 rod works very well in the 400 blocks
Last edited by JeffMcKC; July 29th, 2012 at 06:30 AM.
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