Survivor: Keep original or modify the engine/drivetrain?

Discussion in 'Original Drivetrain Topic' started by queue, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. queue

    queue New Member

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    Stock/original 350 with a four speed.
     
  2. Rich Schmidt

    Rich Schmidt Veteran Member

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    There are a few things that you can do to wake it up without changing the external parts of the engine. Replace the internals with a 383 stroker kit that is internally balanced,add a hydraulic roller cam,have the heads rebuilt with a 3 angle valve job and a back cut on the valves,have the carb recalibrated to match the new combination. Even with the rest of the crappy stuff it will make a huge difference.
     
  3. John Mangan

    John Mangan New Member

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    I am in the same situation with the same car. 1979 Z28, although after I bought it I went through the paperwork and it was repainted once to the original color. It needs some TLC as the first owner (literally a little old lady who just drove it to the golf course in the summer) did not keep up with some things. Needs shocks, brakes, etc. I was thinking about new control arms, but now maybe I should just rebuild the original. I do not plan on racing the car, but I would like more than the 185 hp it has.
     
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  4. Glava

    Glava Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    IMG_0465.JPG z28 interior.jpg Z28 driveway.JPG View attachment 55116 View attachment 55116 View attachment 55117
     
  5. kidcamaro454

    kidcamaro454 Member

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    Keep it original. It's worth more and keeps going up.
     
  6. ZEDL1

    ZEDL1 New Member

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    Hi Glava.
    My email address is on page 4. If you decide to sell your car, please contact me to discuss.
    If you decide to keep and modify her, enjoy doing that!
     
  7. Aussie78Z28

    Aussie78Z28 New Member

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    Hey mate - just wondering if you might be able to do me a favour please? Assuming your foot activated park brake works, could you please post a photo of the how the light activation switch is hooked up? Mine is there but does not have anything touching it to move the spring and break/make the circuit. Thanks heaps
     
  8. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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  9. Aussie78Z28

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  10. ZRODDER

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    Just wondering if you desided what changes you were going to make, if any.
     

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