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Going to take cubic inches & then good head flow to get anywhere near 550 hp.
Numbers like 550hp, 600hp seem to get thrown around quite a bit by new members to this site when first noting what they want out of a Pontiac V8 build. My first question for any of them, have you personally experienced seat time behind a 450+ hp, 530-500 ft/lbs of torque Pontiac V8 in LeMans, GTO, or Firebird street car? There is a point where bigger & bigger & more torque, just going to blow the tires away on the street, the real street. Its not that hard to find a "Boutique" Pontiac engine builder that will build a very expensive bullet that can make 550-600 or even more hp, if big hp numbers are what you are after. Would also agree, even with such a well thought out engine combo, a '65 or earlier Tripower is going to hold the numbers back.
Last questions, your new project, a Tripower 3spd '65 GTO convert, am assuming that is what PHS invoice showed as original options? From experience, that is a very expensive & desirable GTO convertible when properly restored, just trying to wrap around my brain, why the direction on such a such a factory optioned GTO, versus building off a more common early GTO, LeMans, or Tempest convertible.