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Considering that my 461 is down, maybe I should seriously think about replacing it with a modern LS...

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I have had similar thoughts myself.....not with my Pontiac but I understand why you are tossing it around.

I recently finished my 55 Bel Air and it has the original 265 V8 with a cast iron Powerglide. Ran well at first, but has developed a few nagging issues the more it gets driven. A couple of weeks ago I almost pulled the trigger on a new crate engine and overdrive transmission.....but I decided to tinker around with the original drive train a bit more. Happy to say that I drove it last night and it ran and drove flawless. I was happily surprised how much power that little engine has when it's running well, really gets moving pretty good. For me, part of the satisfaction of a classic vehicle is the old (sometimes primitive) mechanicals. Frustrating at times, but when they work...it's a ton of fun. ;)

The LS engines are fantastic pieces of engineering and very strong....ugly as heck though. My $0.02. :)
 

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Considering that my 461 is down, maybe I should seriously think about replacing it with a modern LS...

Bear
Am I in my cabin dreaming
Or are you really scheming
To take my Poncho away from me?
You'd better think about it
You just can't live without it
So, please don't take my Poncho from me, yeah yeah yeah
;)
 

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I think Mrs. Bear might want to take you down to the doctor for an evaluation, maybe the early stages of dementia?

Symptoms of dementia:

"Someone in the early stages of dementia may often become confused. When memory, thinking, or judgment lapses, confusion may arise leading to absurd statements like 'Considering that my 461 is down, maybe I should seriously think about replacing it with a modern LS...' "
"Dementia symptoms include impairments in thinking, like going LS power in a Pontiac."
"In addition to difficulty remembering, the person may also experience impairments in: focus & reasoning (see above)."
"The sense of "the engine rebuild" direction and the factory Pontiac engine orientation commonly starts to deteriorate. This can mean not recognizing the once-familiar lines and contours of a 461 CI Pontiac block, heads, and intake and forgetting that a Chevy LS engine will never have such grace."
"Trouble with memory can be an early symptom of dementia. The changes are often subtle and tend to involve short-term memory such as why they built a 461 Pontiac in the first place."
"You might also see a shift in personality. One typical type of personality change seen with dementia is a shift from being a Pontiac Purist to accepting the Chevy LS swap into a Pontiac."
"A person with symptoms could lose interest in hobbies or activities and may not want to go out anymore or do anything fun like stomp the crap out of an LS engine with their ground pounding 461 Pontiac. They may lose interest in spending time driving their 1969 GTO and may seem emotionally flat once they realize that the LS swap just isn't the same as their former Pontiac 461 torque monster."

PS. That nice new mancave garage you built will be of no use to you anymore. I have five committed members who have all agreed to pay you an "unofficial" visit late one dark moonless evening and liberate one such 1969 GTO with Pontiac engine from said garage for its own good. :yesnod:

PLEASE, get yourself checked out. :thumbsup:
 
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