Howdy Hot Rod, we're neighbors - sort of. I live in Garland.
The 400 is a great choice if you're after power. 400 blocks are stronger than 455's, and they can be stroked to 460+ inches using off the shelf parts. A lot depends on the rest of the car (transmission, gearing, converter if it's an automatic, etc.), what you want to do with it, and (of course) your budget.
I'm in the process of restoring my 69 GTO, and built my original 400 into a 461. How does this dyno sheet
Thats very nice. That possible with a 78 t/a 400 rated at 200hp? lol
Cause I did end up getting it, couldnt pass it up cause it didnt cost me anything but time to pick it up and trade for my 350 sbc I didnt need anymore.
Welcome to the higher "side" of GM performance!
Based on your comments, first things first. Get Jim Hand's "How to Build Max-performance Pontiac V8s" published by SA Designs. This is the only current "study" of the ol' Injun (what we affectionately refer to the Pontiac as). Learn the history and the strong and weak points of the engine. Identification of parts is also covered there, to a point. It IS 7 years old now, so some of the info is a bit "dated", as we're constantly evolving the engine. The "base" combo Jim uses is also very "specific", so some of what he did doesn't apply to all builds.
Ames Perfomance is, IMO, the best source for "things Pontiac", such as the emblems and decals you're talking about. Performance Years is another really good one. These are the only two I know of that don't also sell Chevy parts. Year-1, Classic, OPGI, The Paddock, all sell Chevy stuff, and you MIGHT get Chevelle stuff because "it fits".
The Tempest is a great platform for a performance car. Once you determine exactly what you have to work with, we can "steer" you to a good build.
I've looked at all those sites and I cant find any tempest badges. Only lemans and gt/t-37 badges. Hmm..
So paint it and have the stripes re-applied. I have never seen them like that before. Very unique.
Depends what it'll cost me, lol. These were actually painted when the car was repainted.
As far as classic cars go I'm an orginal kinda guy, hence why I dont much care for the stripes. But thats just me, lol.
welcome to the herd Hot_Rod...That can be one hell of a sleeper car...
the stripes are unique....look kinda like Yenko stripes, i would do them again when you paint it. And you can take it to the bank that they look good if you get 100% thumbs up around here from all us purists....most stripe jobs get shot down immediately, but that looks "Right" on that car. i would look for a pre 75' 400 block as they were stronger castings, the motor guys will help you build a motor on paper within a set budget(Mr. P-Body & Bear are always very knowledgeable in real world applications for our motors and are most accommodating with help and suggestions). I am a Tempest/Lemans guy too...gives you a little leeway to customize it (stripes, etc.) since it will not effect the value as it would a true GTO. Am trying to work a deal now for a 70' Judge originally Orbit Orange RAIV 400, if i get that car it will be a concourse resto to original, and the 66' Tempest will be my whipping post....
1966 Tempest pictures by instg8ter - Photobucket
As far as what I'm looking for I just want to be in the 400hp range and have good streetibility. Probably stick with an orginal 350/3-speed and a stockish rear gear.
Budget is kinda limited maybe less than 2500$ range.