My 350 build

Discussion in 'Small Block Tech' started by 72gs4spd, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    Yes this is the car the engine was to go in. As soon as I get everything settled with insurance I’ll start looking. I have two options already. A 71 Skylark convertible and a 68 GS convertible. The GS belongs to my machinist’s friend. He has a 455 in it but is willing to pull it out and sell me the car. My son on the other hand wants another 72 GS hardtop. I had the car for over 21 years and was going to be his when we finished.
     
  2. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    That is just so sad.
    Hope you get another GS, and a nice one.
    That motor of yours may have been a nice benchmark roller, alum headed N/A 350.
     
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  3. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    Will be looking for a new car soon. So the motor has a home, not just an engine stand in the garage. Waiting on the buyout from the insurance then I’ll strip the old car. Then to look for a 70-72 with a solid body.
     
  4. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Glad he is ok & so sorry to hear about such a rare car being totaled. I rolled my '72 GS 350/auto in '85 (on the way home from the Nationals) & landed on the roof. Glad we (& you) didn't have a convertible.
     
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    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

  6. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

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  7. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    More Pictures from my machinist. He wasn’t happy with the valve train geometry so he added lash caps so the roller of the rocker arm stays to the center of the stem.
    He also recommended adding additional coolant lines outside from the rear of the intake to the front and crossing them side to side. It’s something he has done in pro stock to keep the temperature even throughout the head. EF43EEC8-0B0F-454C-A132-BAF2C7C1F5A5.jpeg 9268355D-774E-4D3E-9642-A3EB008E5CF4.jpeg 3D7C7044-FFAC-4A58-82C7-C9FF87033F73.jpeg
     
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  8. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    What stem size are those valves?
     
  9. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    There 11/32 I believe that’s what TA puts in their aluminum heads.
     
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  10. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    More reason for the lash caps.
     
  11. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

  12. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    Having any good luck finding another car Steve?
    I'd like to hear that aluminum headed motor's music pretty soon...:)
     
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  13. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    DAMN, Glad hes ok!
    Too bad about the car:(
     
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  14. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    Been in contact with someone with a 71 GS for sale in SC 70K on the clock. Not in a rush and have to get the old one out of the garage. It’s still difficult to look at especially for my son.
     
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  15. 72gs4spd

    72gs4spd Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mark. Physically he’s fine, but he’s still upset about totaling the car. He’ll feel better when we acquire the next one and heard that small block roar. I might even let him drive it. LOL
     
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  16. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    Yes, I can imagine the drained feeling you & your son must have about the whole ordeal.
    One day hopefully everything will be better...:)
     

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