Well, i went out today to start the z28 up...ran pretty good, not the best. I decide to do normal routine matienence (checking oil/antifreeze/etc) and i notice water on the dipstick. I then get the compression tester out, and i have a leak on the #5 piston...so im ripping the 350 out.
Now here is where im a bit confused/in a jam, and i would LOVE to have you vets tell me whats best, for what i want the car for.
I have at my disposal, a 305 that runs extremely well, still in a caprice. I also have a 327 that i would need to rebuild, but the block/heads are in excellent shape (its just sit for a while). I also have a 400 in my garage that i paid 50$ for (guy was moving, had it in pieces in his garage.) The bad thing about the 400...it would take a nice budget to get it running again (at least i would think) I priced a good used 350 at local junkyards today, and found out they want anywhere from 500-750$ for one, and im not paying that when i have 2 engines i could rebuild for that price.
My plans for this car, is mainly to just impress people, and once in a while show it off. My biggest thing is, i want to blow the doors off of this '69 dodge dart with a 318 in it (the guy is just a total ass whipe, and i want to humiliate him.)
If you can, let me know the ups/downs of each engine, and if you know...an estimate on how much it would cost to get the 400 running again. I do have everything to the 400, and i know that any sb chevy stuff will work with the 400. I also know that 400s have those steam holes in the heads, and alot of them get cracked heads, so im going to slap 327 heads on for a smaller comperssion chamber. This all depends on the cost to get the 400 running again.
305 i know is a good engine, ive just never seen one in a muscle car actually move...most ive seen are in camaro RS and alot of them are on the slow side. Main thing about this engine is im afraid that it will disappoint me when i want to go a little faster than normal
Ive been told that the 327 can be an excellent engine, but thats all ive been told. It came out of a 70ish full size blazer, and all i know is that it ran well, with one lifter ticking a bit. id love more info on these engines as well
Now the 400...i have seen them run, and i love them dearly. My uncle has a 55 belair with a 400, with the 327 heads on it (where i got the idea from) and 2 4 barrel carbs....it will scream. My main problem with this engine atm is the price to get it running. like i said, its all in pieces in my garage, would need a complete rebuild kit, and my brother said something about balancing the crankshaft? (lost on that as well)
Anyways, i know thats alot of info, and bless anyone who actually reads it all...and thanks for your info you give me here, it will really help in my decision on what to do.