My brother and are building a 65 Nova and I want to make sure I do it correctly by getting feedback from guys that have done similar projects. We are building a 355 using a late model 4-bolt roller block and late model heads (10110810) with 1.94 stainless valves which have a little bowl work and gasket matched. Stock rods, stock crank which has been balanced and upgraded ARP bolts, Speedpro flat tops.
Currently the short block is at R&R in West Covina awaiting assembly, but first we need to decide if we want to run a roller or hydraulic lifters. What are the advantages/disadvantages? Currently the heads are set up for a hydraulic cam so I know we will need to install different springs.
We're going to run an air gap rpm intake. What carb. should we run?
The car has a turbo 350 and 10 bolt. One of the local shops wants $850 to go through the trans and 1750 to go through the rear end. That's to do them correctly. Does this sound reasonable?
Lastly where are you guys getting car parts such as upholstery, rubber kits, grill, etc...