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Jbyer8

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454 engine
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:41:36 AM »
Looking at purchasing a 67 with a 454 engine. I know 454's weren't standard for camaros so I was wondering if there was anything to worry about. It's currently paired with a turbo 400 trans, is that enough?

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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 03:12:32 AM »
Trans is adequate, no problem there. Only worry is keeping tires on the rear!
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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 11:48:29 AM »
good engines

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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 03:23:43 PM »
yep,   and if you want to go a lot faster later on you already have a big motor to start with ;)...  TH400 are grate trans,   Also dont cost a lot to beef up

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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 04:40:04 PM »
You might want to look into ladder or traction bars, if the car doesn't have an original radius rod on the rear axle.
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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 04:54:45 PM »
I tied the frames and ran ladder bars when the car was being drag raced. I barely pulled the front wheels foot braking it. With the paint stripped there are no signs of twisting the body at any seams.  However , I really don't know what your doing with the car.

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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013, 05:02:00 PM »
Personally I prefer a 350 trans due to it being lighter and a steeper 1st. Both very dependable. Also a host of aftermarket parts available.

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Re: 454 engine
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 02:46:28 AM »
My recently departed '70 LS5 SS came from GM Atlanta with exactly that combination - 365(+) stock horsepower, with a 400 behind it. If your intent is to drive the car, don't put a shift kit in the trans - it will absolutely break your neck on 1-2 shifts at any rpm range. The 454's have an unbelievable amount of torque. Mine ran 10.5:1 compression, L78 square port heads, Comp Cams stick, header and a Holley 850 DP, Edelbrock single plane, Pertronix, and would do a 360 and melt the tires any time you wanted to. Never a bit of problem from the trans, at all. Bulletproof.

It got traded out for a '68 Z - go figure.

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