I've got a 1994 Silverado 4x4 (1500), with the 4.3L engine.
The truck has 33"x12.5" tires on it.
I just had the stock 3.08 gears upgraded to 4.10.
The truck does drive better, and the transmission behaves better with the
new gears, but I'm really feel that the 4.3L is a bit underpowered for a
full size truck with a 3" body lift and big tires. Pushing that brick
through the air on the freeway seems to be asking an awful lot of it.
It can maintain 60-65MPH pretty well and the transmission behaves normally
(the TC locks up in OD as it is supposed to, and stays put), but 70+ begins
to introduce downshifting in order to maintain speed as soon as even a
slight incline or wind is introduced. I can only assume it's related to
increased wind drag, and horsepower needed to overcome it at higher speeds.
I have access to a 1985 Caprice Classic station wagon with a 305 in it. I
would prefer to put a 350 in the truck, but I can get the 305 for free (it
would need rebuilt, of course).
What are the differences between the 305 and the 350? (other than the
What are the differences between the 305 and the 350 when it comes to
swapping either one in for the 4.3L?
Does one swap in more seamlessly? Will both mate up with the 4L60E
properly? How much retrofitting needs to be done with engine mounts for