Paging all Clevo rebuilders.. some advice on parts for a rebuild
OK, so I'm picking up the engine on Saturday and I haven't even got an engine stand in which to put it (Thursday night for that one!). Tom Monroe's book is winging its merry way to me from Amazon in the US, so no doubt that will help me out too. Yes, I'm getting *WAY* ahead of myself, and seeing as I have the capacity to bugger up a perfectly good spark plug changing exercise, this is going to be... interesting...
So, what's the project? A 351 Cleveland from an early ZH Marquis. 4-barrell, totally stock, the usual. The plan is to install this engine, post re-build, into my ZH 500. Requirements?
1. Straight LPG. Some may baulk, others will chastise and more will say "bloody idiot", but LPG it is.
2. Reliablility is key. I don't want a crazy cam in there with an idle that rocks the entire car 3-feet in every direction at traffic lights.
3. Power is required, but not a huge amount. I want 1 bhp per cube at the crank and a fair dollop of torque... no idea what that equates to at the wheels, but it's my yardstick.
In case it's not already obvious, my car isn't going to be blasted down the quarter-mile. It won't be a tow car either. I just want something with a bit of grunt - enough to pull a ZH around, and enough to have a little bit of fun when the mood takes me. Call it a cruiser with a bit of poke...
Given that the engine was running (pretty well, actually) recently, what would you good people recommend for it? I have a few ideas in my own head, but I know slightly less than feck-all and you lot know more. Costs are always an issue, so no titanium rods or anything like that, please!
Thanking you. :)