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Calling all motor heads..

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..sup guys. So I have this 1969 camaro SS that keeps looking at me funny. I had enough and I'm going to get her back on track. Basically fix her up.

My question is, which motor would be the best to put on this car? I kind of don't want to go over kill with it but I'd like some muscle. I mean it's american made and she has roar really nicely.

I think the stock engine was 350, but the heads are cracked up and well other parts don't work. Called a reliable mechanic and he basically told me it would be cheaper to get an engine for it than to reconstruct this one.

I'm not sure which I should go with. 350, 396, 427. I think the last one would be over kill though.

Need feedback and info please.

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Super_Freak. I fuging love you.

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There are more vids in the series. Fast but very helpful. I would stick with the 350.

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I think the 283 engine was the best Chevy ever produced prior to about 1995. I think that is engine enough for the small framed and light weight Camaro - you arent planning on actually racing it are you?

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I think the 283 engine was the best Chevy ever produced prior to about 1995. I think that is engine enough for the small framed and light weight Camaro - you arent planning on actually racing it are you?

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELL NO. That's going to be my baby. I'm going to treat her right. I may rev the engine a bit but that's about it. No way I'm racing. Unless I have a really hot chick in the car and she tells me to... So yeah no racing.

I may just break that engine down and see what's up. If I could salvage it and fix it myself I'll go ahead and do that.

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i like the 327

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I would find out what motor originally came in the car and go with that. If it doesn't matter to you then I would stick with a small block, 327 (are a little hard to find) or 350.

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Go all out... Get a new LS7 crate engine..

http://www.chevroletperformance.com/EngineShowcase/index.jsp?engId=LS7&engine=LS7&sku=17802397&engCat=ls

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Love me some Motorhead

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327 or 350. I love a chevy small block

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As a former '69 Camaro owner who learned the hard way...

Stay with the small block. Whether it's a 283 (eh...) or a 327 (better) or the 350 (will go forever), stay with it. You can get a crate stock small block 350ci/290hp for less than $3k and 350ci/330-350hp will run you around $4-5k.

The big blocks are sweet, but if you're not going to race it, then forget it. My biggest issue was the 396 Rat motor I had just didn't work with the trans and the weight of the car made it very easy to over rev and the motor just didn't last. Not to mention the gas mileage sucks.

And if you decide it's going to be too much work, PM me and I'll consider buying it from you....

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