· 64-67 Expert
Yes. The one I built at age 20 with no experience is still running strong in my '65 42 years later. The key is to stick with GM parts and build the engine mild enough so it can operate in its engineered parameters. That way, it won't be over-stressed and blow up. The key is a competent machinist and decent parts to start with. My machinist HATES the aftermarket Chinese cranks. For the budget minded beginner, please watch Uncle Tony's Garage on youtube. He has an engine building series he's currently doing for beginners. The information is free, and it's gold.The thread will be aimed at the following:
Can the average, handy, GTO owner, build a Pontiac engine, at home, and have it be dependable? And if so, can additional attention to detail, get you close to one HP per cubic inch?
That's what I hear most users trying to find.
As for what goes on the engine, obviously, I was proceeding under the assumption that most of us were working with "paper-route" bucks, but if you're offering to dress up as Daddy Warbucks, then aluminum heads and a balanced Eagle rotating assembly it is!
However, IME, anyone with $6000 for aluminum heads and a forged, balanced rotating assembly, probably isnt going to build an engine in their driveway.
Suffice it to say that anyone who chooses to follow along, will be able to substitute whatever they want, with whatever they want.
I would LOVE to use aluminum heads, but aside from saving weight, for the same money, I can do iron heads, making the same HP, and have enough money left over for a cam, lifters, intake, carb, timing chain, and water pump... maybe even manifolds!