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Swapping out motor & transmission. #733191
February 17th 2018 9:18 pm
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Hey Folks,
I have an 89 GMC Vandura with the Vortec 350 and TBI. It needs both a new engine and transmission. I figure I will go for a crate motor and a rebuild on the 700R. I would like to put a 454 into it but my budget is limited and I figure a crate 350 will work and be cheaper. If anyone has any advice for me I would be listening. I will be doing the swap out myself as soon as the weather improves.
Thanks Matt

Re: Swapping out motor & transmission. [Re: contactdewitt] #733193
February 17th 2018 9:25 pm
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You would love the 454 with a 4l80E .... I do !


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Re: Swapping out motor & transmission. [Re: contactdewitt] #733257
February 19th 2018 5:37 pm
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I would think the small block to big block conversion would be sort of a PITA. Aside from the mechanical (engine mounts, all accessories and brackets, hoses and connections, transmission, cooler lines, linkages, driveshaft, exhaust), if you want to stay EFI, you'll have some major mods to do in the fuel and electrical departments.

Depends on your goals I guess, but it's hard to believe that a well built small block can't meet your power needs.

A stock TBI 350 (RPO L05) is 200 horsepower. A Vortec 5.7L (RPO L31), or a properly rebuilt 350 with Vortec heads, can easily be in the 250+ horsepower range (the L31 was in stock form). Up to 300 horse is pretty easy. That's a 25 - 50% increase over where you are now. And you could keep your TBI with some mods.

If that's not enough, a nice 383 stroker can get you to 400 horsepower.

It's all about your goals, and how much money you want to spend.


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