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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by skelly1, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. skelly1

    skelly1 1/2 ton status

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    Anybody run a 307 in a first generation? I think that the 307 was a car motor. I remember them being in Nova's. Anyways, this guy closeby has a gen 1 that my friend is interested in and it's got a 307. I'd like to know how the torque is in that motor.
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    they did put 307's in trucks. they are not very good motors by any means. not really worth their weight in scrap.

    Sorry, fast typing got me, all better now
     
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    I can't tell if you are saying the 307 is a POS or if it's good?
     
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    It's right up there with the 267 (POS)

    Rene
     
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    OK, I'll run the numbers on it and first confirm it's a 307, then make my recommendation from there. It's got an edelbrock carb and intake, so maybe it will run halfway decent. Stay tuned.
     
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    the 3.25" stroke crank can be used in a 350 block to build a 327. not the best choice for a good truck engine, but a good all around engine. they like to rev.
     
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    dont hold your breath...:rolleyes:
     
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    Eh...I have had many..

    I have a 73 307 in my van,an 81 G10..it came from a 73 Chevelle..the worst year for a 307,it was only rated at 115 HP!...it went better with the 250 six I took out I think..2.73 rear end gears and 235/15's were not a good choice either..it goes 75 in second gear though!--but it takes a while to get it there..I love dropping it in second when going 60+ mph--it makes the guy next to you do a double take!

    They love to wind out,but don't have much low end torque..68-71 307's
    were rated at 200HP,and 300 Ft lbs of torque...sounds overated to me!--I had one in a 71 K10 suburban--it said "hi-torque" on the sticker on the valve cover.I think it lied!:haha: ..The short stroke doesn't make them a very torquey motor...a 305 has much more low end,it has the 3.48 inch stroke,same as a 350..VS 3.25 inches for the 307..

    I had 283's that would smoke the 307's,despite being nearly the same motor..also had one in a 68 Caprice Estate wagon,and my dad had one in his 68 Chevelle wagon..I think 3 out of the 5 we had in our family all ate the lobes off the cam..it was the #1 cylinder exhaust lobe that was the most worn in all of them...seemed to be a common problem in 307's and some 305's..

    I'd say a 307 isn't scrap,but I'd look for a 350 for a truck,or a 400SB ..A 307 is a good motor for economy and lighter vehicles,but I wouldn't put one in a full size again unless it was perfect,and I had no alternative,or was looking for good gas mileage instead of power..(my van gets 15 mpg though..same as a 350 would have!)..

    I only used the chevelle motor in my van because I needed a motor in a hurry,and this one ran decent,and only cost me 150 bucks for the whole car..I cut it up,used what I needed,kept tons of parts,and scrapped the shell for 100 bucks..I'd say the motor was worth the 50 bucks it ended up costing me..but it wasn't a great choice for my van!..not enough power for a heavy vehicle..:doah: :( ..
     
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    the shorter stroke lets the 283s reve better yet, that's the only way a 283 could beat a 307.
     
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    Okay, looks like the general consensus here is that the only thing a 307's good for is yanking the crank out to put in a 350 block if you're interested in building a 327.
     
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    Yeah I agree..plus the 283's I had were in trucks with 4.56 and 4.10 rears too..a world better than the 307/ 3.08 combos in the Impala's and Caprices I had..probably lighter too!..
     
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    307s are great for a car all the power is in the topend. I work with a guy who has one in a 69 Camaro and that things is fast as ****.

    Ira
     
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    someone has never been for a ride in a fast car before if a 307 Camaro is fast.:doah:
     
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    I have been in fast cars before but going slow is my thing:D . And I made a mistake he has a 302 in his Camaro So maybe 307s do suck:doah: .

    And yes this car is wicked fast.

    Ira
     
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    Well, it was a turd. Sounded good with the dual flowmasters and all, but it was a "new" 307 that leaked oil and used it. POS all the way around. He offered 3500 for it and the guy was asking 7000. Luckily he did not take it. I didn't recommend to my friend that he buy the truck. The under hood sticker did say 307 2 bbl carb, so apparently it came with the 307.
     
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    the 307 isnt nicknamed the cam eater for nothing. i had one in a 79 firebird and what a f****** dog. a dodge neon has more balls.
     
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    You swap that 307 into the Pontiac then?

    Sure it wasn't a Pontiac 301? Another piece of crap?
     
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    307's aren't the most desired. We have one in our 1968 Chevy C20, came factory with the truck... it was in it long before I was born and I still have the truck with the same motor in it and I can go fire it up and it still runs good. No powerhouse with a 2-jet carb, but's it just keeps on going.
     
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    302's are insane motors. they are a very desirable motor, and very hard to find. (i know someone who has an original, unbored with about 5k miles on it, its been sitting on a stand in his garage for 20 years and he just wont let it go) they were only put in camaros i believe. the goal was to meet requirments for a production class rule for racing, i forget what type though.
     
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    are you talkin about a chevy 302 i thought that was a ford motor and a rather common one at that
    didn't know chevy made one
     

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