Not trying to discourage you or throw in the towel, just trying to sort through some of the issues that are not making sense. Seems like a number of inaccurate motorhead locker room chatter that is not based on facts, but buddies getting together at the track and passing along bad info and no one knowing any better to call them out on it.
This is what I was referring to yesterday. Learning anything requires practical, scientific, theoretical, and working knowledge. No one of those things is going to bring you full circle, because you need them all.
It's one thing to read something on the internet, it's another to understand it, and it's another to be able to conduct it.
When I picked my cam, I spent days on the internet, studying famous Pontiac cams, then I spent day on the internet and Butlers website researching, then I spent weeks going back and forth with @PontiacJim
But then I had to sort through all of it and use the advice and options, to determine what was best for my needs. I didnt arbitrarily pick what someone else recommended... but if I didnt spend so much time learning first, then I wouldve had no choice but to do so.
Let me tell you, I still dont understand 75% of it, but Im wise enough to only take on what I can handle. You have to have a plan, a method, and persistence, and learn from your mistakes. If you do, you'll achieve your goals, and if you don't, it wont just be a GTO that you suck at.