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Old 07-14-2002, 09:21 PM   #1
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Question what mods for putting big block in a third gen?

Ok, not long ago i purchaced my car, a '92 Camaro Rs. It has the 305 tpi setup in it and at the time i was thinking of droping in a 350 just to add a little more umph to it. Well now ive had my car a while and ive been aspiring to bigger and better things. Now i would like to drop in a 496 or 540. I figured if i was going to put a new engine in, why not go dip into the big time cubic inches. So my questions would be first is this even possible. Do i have enough room under the hood to keep the beast? if i have to cut a hole in the hood that wont be a big deal. Second what modifications will have to be done such as strenghtening the frame its self as well as drivetrain components? I have a 5 speed manual transmition, not exactly sure what its called. Thanks in advance for any advice given.


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Old 07-14-2002, 09:41 PM   #2
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All the info from my 427 swap is on my page at www.koolmeister.com (which will be a 496 next spring Click the image to open in full size.


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Old 07-14-2002, 09:46 PM   #3
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yes you can fit a big block under the hood of your car. there are plenty of books out there that dicuss this type of swap.take a look at the books they sell at summit. i will try and answer a few of your questons now.
you will have to get a better front suspension setup, you will need sub frame connectors, you dont have to cut your hood, and if you go big block then go 502 ram jet.

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Old 07-15-2002, 12:37 AM   #4
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A 496, 502 or 540 are all short deck blocks. The 502 and 540 have the same larger bore. The 540 just has a stroker crank. They all share the same external dimensions as a typical BBC. The web page mentioned above has all the info needed to drop in a BBC. If you go with a tall beck block then there may be additional clearance and fitting problems but 600+ CID are possible.

I'd like a 540 myself.

Your T5 tranny will have to go. GM didn't even put that tranny behind a 350 so it won't last behind a BBC.

My front suspension is still relativly stock. Even though I have a BBC with cast iron heads there's been a lot of weight stripped off the front of the car. The only thing I've changed to the front end are a set of Koni SPA1 drag struts and a set of V6 springs.

Good weld-in sub frame connectors are a requirement but then they should be on all third gens.

Your 92's 10 bolt is strong but a few modifications can make it even better without having to invest in a 12 bolt or 9". I've actually ran 11.2's at 121 mph with a 10 bolt but blew up an engine doing it.

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