Freshening up a 454 with little time and money

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

    Nov 14, 2001
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    Spokane, Wa./Ione, Wa
    I have a stock, late '80's 454 that was a good runner. I have about 1 month until March 15th rolls around when a bunch of people are going off-roading.

    The truck is an '80 GMC 3/4 ton 4x4 longbed with a 4spd/205, 4.56 gears and 39.5" Boggers.

    Whats the quickest and most economical way to go through the motor so it will put out enough power to spin the boggers (so I can attempt to be a show-off on the 15th).

    I'm thinking just check bearing clearances, get a new cam and lifters and timing chain, and maybe put on some other heads I have (with larger valves).

    What sort of cam would you run for a truck like I described?
    I can get a regrind cam for cheap, but I always hear bad stories about regrinds.

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