I recently was given-- yes, outright given... free as in beer-- a 1989
I know the first thing everyone is going to say-- "get rid of it, get a
350" Well unless one of you want to trade a perfectly good 350 for a
perfectly good 305, keep it to yourself. ;)
I know the motor runs well-- it came out of a 1989 F-Body. The owner of
that vehicle-- a good friend- got the itch for more power and bought a
crate 383 to put in it. <Yes, this is the way I'd go, too-- but I don't
have the 2 large to buy one>.
I'm going to be putting this 305 into my 1989 S-10 Blazer <4X4, 4.3LV6
at present, built 700R4, rebuild NP231C> after I do my solid front axle
swap. I know how to build a stroker 350- but was wondering about the
same for a 305. Does it use the same parts? I don't know the difference
between the blocks for a 305 and 350.
Also-- any tips for making power with this motor? I seem to recall Gary
a while back saying that there are some preferred heads and cams to
use. I'll be using the TBI system from the 4.3 with proper injectors to
feed a V8, the Calpac and PROM for a 305 with auto trans, and all the
EFI goodies along with it-- so yes I have a bit of wiring to do
<harness modifications, mostly centering around lengthening wires- NOT
a problem no matter how in depth the electrics get-- let's just say I
know my way around electronics and solder, and leave it at that ;) >.
I'm mainly looking for torque out of this thing-- I really don't see a
need for more than 250 HP at the flywheel, and even that is very
possibly excessive. The vehicle will be a daily driver which will also
see use now and again as a trail riding vehicle. If it comes to
rockcrawling I will be using my 1990 Jeep XJ which has 7" lift, etc,
etc. About the hardest task to which I will put the Blazer will be flat
towing the XJ to the trailhead several hundred miles away <yes, I will
have upgraded and functional brakes on both vehicles, etc, etc-- I know
how to flat-tow properly>.