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Back to 326, or go bigger cu in ?
My 67 lemans revamp is going well, passed inspecition, on the road, and enjoying it. Turbo 350 working well and enjoying lower 1st gear vs. 2 speed auto. Here's the next cross roads: It has 1970 350 w/Edelbrock 4bbl and intake which is obviously not erra correct, and the motor has some issue such as me figuring out it has some stripped out head threads for a couple header bolts on both sides (nice surprise!), and a mashed motor mount, and I think the rear seal has a slow oil leak. So essentially the motor has to come out. But hey it's winter right?
When I bought the car, the guy gave me the original 326 block and heads, the story was that it blew a head gasket and instead of fixing it they dropped the 350 in. Lord only knows the whole story, but it does turn freely. I am leaning toward a standard rebuild of the 326 with original exhaust manifolds (fewer leak issues) and putting the intake manifold and 4bbl I have on the 350 on the 326. According to the year 1 engine charts a 67 326 with a 4 bbl would be about 285 hp, which is about what I could get out of some of the 70 era 400s that are available around on craigslist for about $1,000, or even the 350 that's in it. I can't really spend much more than about $2,000 on this phase. So what do you guys think, I'm not as up on all the options as I should be? A) should I/can I rebuild the 326 using the 350 bolt ons for under $2K? B) should I repair the 350 and just enjoy, C) Should I buy a nice running 400, D) or other ideas. Thanks, I always appreciate discussions. Don