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    Default Camming a tbi 350

    One of my favorite body styles is the 89-96 Chevy trucks. I really like the 454SS but the pickings for decent ones, unmodified, are slim. I would like a reg cab sb with a 350, 5 speed if possible. I have built a few carbed small block chevys but never messed with one with tbi. When I find one, I plan to pull the motor, freshen the bottom end, have the heads worked and put in a cam and headers. Edelbrock makes a tbi intake as I would like to stay with the tbi. How does one go about adding a performance cam to a computer controlled engine with tbi? I like 290 or so duration, .480-.500 lift, hydraulic. This might be too big though not sure.

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    Default Re: Camming a tbi 350

    why not go with a newer vortec engine? The vortec heads are very sought-after heads for older 350's, and they come with roller cam and lifter from the factory?

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    Default Re: Camming a tbi 350

    that's a lot of lift. if you stick around 270 duration I think it'll run much better. holley used to make a larger bolt on throttle body, im not sure if its still available.on the 87-90 tbi units you could turn up the fuel pressure regulator. not much but maybe 1-2 psi

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehaugen
    why not go with a newer vortec engine? The vortec heads are very sought-after heads for older 350's, and they come with roller cam and lifter from the factory?
    I find the tbi motors easier to work on. However, I have not ruled the 96 vortec 350 out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickc
    that's a lot of lift. if you stick around 270 duration I think it'll run much better. holley used to make a larger bolt on throttle body, im not sure if its still available.on the 87-90 tbi units you could turn up the fuel pressure regulator. not much but maybe 1-2 psi
    I tend to build my motors around the cam, meaning I will make sure the bottom end and heads can support the cam. Iirc, the tbi heads were weak. I have a set of Eagle heads from a previous build I may use. I am hoping I can get the tbi and computer to work with the upgrades.

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    Default Re: Camming a tbi 350

    you probably know this already, but tbi intakes don't fit all small block heads canted bolts in the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickc
    you probably know this already, but tbi intakes don't fit all small block heads canted bolts in the center.
    Actually having never built a tbi motor, I did not. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickc
    that's a lot of lift. if you stick around 270 duration I think it'll run much better. holley used to make a larger bolt on throttle body, im not sure if its still available.on the 87-90 tbi units you could turn up the fuel pressure regulator. not much but maybe 1-2 psi
    I should have said earlier, I have the cam new in the box from a previous build that did not get finished due to a friend buying the block from me for his bracket car. It is a lunati, iirc either 280 or 290 duration, .480 lift. I just finished my 70 chevelle, just waiting for paint. Looking for another project, always wanted a quick truck. Trying to do it cheaper, using parts I already have.

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    Default Re: Camming a tbi 350

    I think edelbrock makes a tbi intake that will fit early / aftermarket heads, but the stock intake & heads cant support a cam that big. I think it would be more cost effective to just get a smaller cam. I had an 87 chevy tbi 350 with headers, holley t-body, & big air filter, by no means was it fast or a powerhouse, but a great runner. imho that was the best truck engine gm ever used or maybe a 454 tbi. have fun building it.

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