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8/31/11 6:56pm - Original Message: ' 350 cam swap....'
ryn9212000
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can i change the cam in my 81 without pulling the motor? if i remove the radiator is that enough room?
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8/31/11 9:39pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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Soitainly!
You'll have to remove the raditater, and loosen the A/C condenser mounts, and that'll give ya enough room to wrangle the cam out, and back in. I did this prolly 20 times in my old '72, way back when.
Then again, my brother and I could rip the engine out of that thing in about 20 minutes, too, so....practice makes quick!LOL


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8/31/11 11:05pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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Thanks Joel, thats what i thought just wanted to ask someone that knew for sure.

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9/1/11 9:15pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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What cam are you going to use?

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9/3/11 10:43pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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Comp cams Xtreme energy XE268H cam and kit.



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9/4/11 8:42am - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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That's a good cam selection.Thumbs Up Very torquey - had one in my Malibu with a 355 back in the day. Tire expenses were a problem...Wacko

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9/4/11 1:01pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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IS this in a stock engine? The 268 might be a bit much with low compression. It'll sure sound good tho. IT will certainly give ya more bottom end torque, depending on the trans, and rear gear ratio. It's a good cam, fer sher.

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9/4/11 5:22pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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i have the edelbrock intake and carb and i am so unhappy with the lack of power. my stock pickup has more balls.  kid starting school this month so engine swap will have to wait. im hoping this cam will add a little corvette to it.lol.

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9/4/11 8:05pm - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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For whatever it's worth......
 
Last year I was able to get some advice from former contributing editor to Vette Magazine Dave Emanuel for the following upgrades to my 1980 L48 350.
 
Comp Cam, Duration @ .050: 210 / 220; Lobe Lift: .3340 / .3420; Separation: 112 degrees; Gross Valve Lift: .501 / .513
 
Edelbrock E-Street Aluminum Heads, 64-cc combustion chambers
 
Cyclone Plus intake manifold
 
Holley Street Avenger 770-cfm carb
 
Holley Fuel Pump, 80-gpm
 
Patriot Headers
 
Aluminum Dual Exhaust, 2 1/2-inch
 
Magnaflow Mufflers
 
I have yet to put her on a dyno but it has been "guestimated" to be putting out about 350 - 375 hp.  It's got good torque on the low end and you can definitely feel / hear the lope of the cam without it being extreme. 
 
I like it a lot.
 
Just my 2-cents.  Good luck.
 
 
 
 
 
 


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9/5/11 10:19am - Reply: 'Re: 350 cam swap....'
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Thats what im here for bro, every ones 2cents. ill take it all.

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