Big Block Camaro's? Yea or Nea?

Discussion in 'Camaro Questions' started by StrongSurvivor, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. StrongSurvivor

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    I was looking through some photos this morning and came across a photo of a very well done second gen Camaro with a big block. I've always thought a big block was too much weight for a sub frame chassis and that handling would suffer as a result. I realize LS engines are now the power plant of choice, but what say you? Is a big block a bad idea in a Camaro?
     
  2. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    All personal preference and what you want to do. Big blocks are heavy, expensive, and go fast on the drag strip.
     
  3. dsbratton

    dsbratton Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    They are most likely using subframe connectors. That is what I will be using.
     
  4. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    They came with BB’s,so the factory thought it was ok. They don’t handle as well as small blocks. When the power and torque goes up,the chassis becomes the weak link and connectors or a cage is needed.
     
  5. 70 SS/L78

    70 SS/L78 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If they are both optioned the same a big block car wont handle as well as a small block because of the extra weight. Though you could have a highly optioned A/C small block car that weighs as much as a basic big block car.
    It all depends on what type of driving you want to do. If you are driving it hard around corners you want to go with a small block that is less weight. However, with today's aftermarket suspension & tire upgrades available you can make a big block handle pretty decent, a lot better than the factory big block cars did back in 1970-72.
     
  6. l16pilot

    l16pilot Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I had always heard...but never verified, a BBC with aluminum heads would be about the same dressed weight as an SBC with iron heads. Can anyone validate?
     
  7. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Not sure but I think the BB is till 25 to 50 heavier. The heads are maybe a wash, but the bottom end and block is still heavier. Now a ZL-1 is probably a wash or maybe a bit lighter.
    Not based on fact here, just in handling the parts over the years.
     
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  8. StrongSurvivor

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    I did a quick Google search on Chevy small block vs. big block weight:

    Chevy small block V8 575 lbs. (generic for '60s-'70s motors)
    Chevy small block V8 535 lbs. (1) ('59 Corvette 283 w/alum. intake)
    Chevy big block V8 685 lbs. Mark IV
     
  9. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    If you can get one for a good price I would go for it.
     
  10. CamaroGP

    CamaroGP Veteran Member Gold Member

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    As mentioned, if you are looking at a specific use then buy accordingly. If you want to show off old school brawn or put some low ET slips in a photo album the a BB is the way to go. I you are looking for some modern retro pizazz the an LS with maybe some trick EFI might be your choice. I personally would put a BB in my lawnmower if it wouldn't be such a hassle!
     

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