What is the the best Small-Block GM has to offer?

Hello everyone I've gotten my hands on a freebie basically a restore that was abandon for a Mustang. Its a 69 Firebird everything is completely restored but it does not have a engine I just wanted to drop
a small-block in. I'm not going to be racing it. Its just going to be a weekend cruise car, and a break from my daily driver. Price is not a issue but I would like it to be decent on gas and have a base of 350hp. websites,price,pros,cons all info will be greatly appreciated no pics just yet I won't have my pc for another two weeks..
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A small block Chevy is an easy swap. That would be a direct bolt in using Camaro parts. Horsepower is cheap and easy with a Chevy motor.
That being said, I personally think it would be a shame to put anything other than a genuine Pontiac V-8 into a nice 69 Firebird. Anything else would be sacrilege, and ruin the resale value of the car. Since all Pontiacs use the same basic block, a 455 comes in the same package as a 350, so Staying with a Pontiac has a distinct advantage. Take the time to find a good 400, or even a 455. You'll be glad you did in the long run. - Gary

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I couldn't agree more. If you wanted a Chevy engine, buy a Camaro and sell off the Firebird :).
Pontiacs should have Pontiac engines. Period. LOL. Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 26k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 141k and still going.... '80 T/A project car...
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Even 3rd and 4th Gen F-bodies?
A 3rd Gen GTA with a old school 428 would be cool. Even cooler with TPI. What do you think, could you get a lower intake made for the old poncho blocks that would take a TPI upper intake and runners? Charles
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Charles Bendig wrote:

Well, if you want to go bizarre with a third gen, how about pulling the drivetrain completely. Then drop an old Olds Toronado FWD into the rear and have a big block under glass with an IRS? Weld up some sheet metal under what used to be the engine bay and you would actually have a decent size "trunk". <grins>
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Gary - KQ6RT wrote:

I don't know, if it doesn't have a drivetrain now, going with a Chev drivetrain has a lot to offer. Cheaper, more performance parts, it's a bolt in with a couple of exceptions. For that 69 I'd try and find a 327 rather than a 350. Back that up with a TH350/400 and he should have a good strong, easily maintainable ride, without going broke or searching for parts forever. Heck, he can always go parts stalking as he drives it with the Chev drivetrain, and get everything he needs over time if he does want to do a real resto job on it.
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