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  1. Possible 454

    Drivetrain & Performance
    I maybe trading my 77 roller ( really just shell) nova for a 1998 454 big block with vortec heads. Open chamber complete minus pulleys its a stock block fuel injected out of a dually truck. Supposedly it has 118000 miles on it and has recently had the heads and pan pulled to replace all...
  2. 454 head gasket question

    Drivetrain & Performance
    I started putting together my motor this weekend and when i went to put the heads on I noticed that the head gaskets from the kit I got from Jegs covers up the water jacket on the block between the two center cylinders on both sides of the block. The other two are open. I've read a bunch of...
  3. 454 block decode help

    Drivetrain & Performance
    I've got a 454 that Im having trouble figuring out what year it is and IF it even is a 454. Here are the numbers. The casting # on the back is 14015445 which could be a 75-90 454, the stamped # on the passenger front pad is TC1536575(this is the # im having trouble figuring out, cant find...
  4. 454 swap into my 73

    Drivetrain & Performance
    My 73 is currently a 350 4-speed car but i got a hell of a deal on a 454 so i think its gonna go in my 73. What do i need to change? Will my stock radiator work? Will i have to change my steering box?(has power steering). Any header clearance issues? Is it a headache or easy swap?
  5. Two questions about the engine and steering wheel pump

    Drivetrain & Performance
    Hello, I'm new to this forum and also the chevy nova is new to me :-) I got two short questions, what engine am I running in this car? I'm not sure if its a 396 or 454 and is there a way to replace the steering wheel pump with an electric one? ty so far.
  6. Is my 454 set up ok?

    Drivetrain & Performance
    Hello. I have a 72 nova and am trying to do a budget build. I have a 454 with flat top pistons. I have a set of 215 heads that my father and I ported and polished on our own. They are at the machine shop now getting a valve job and being reassembled(springs, etc.). I'm pretty sure the stock...
  7. small block (383) vs big block (502)

    Drivetrain & Performance
    Hi, I'm pretty much new, or a beginner, to engines and hopefully will begin working on my project this fall. It's just a general question I have to help me choose which engine to go for. So my dillema is that I would really like a Big block in my 74 (preferably a 502), but all of the people I...
  8. Cam recommendation for a street 454

    Drivetrain & Performance
    Hey guys, I just picked up a rebuilt 454 for less than I can build one for and am looking for a recommendation for a cam. It was built 5 years ago and has been sitting in a garage, wrapped in blankets to keep it clean. I purchased it for $1100. It's a 77 with low compression (guessing 8.5:1)...
  9. Id 454

    Drivetrain & Performance
    Have a Chevy big block #10068286 from what I've found it should be a 1990 to 1991 454 4 bolt mark 4. The number up by the timing chain cover is T1103FCJ. Have been all over the internet can not find out what a FCJ is. Can anybody help and yes I've been to 'nastyz28' site and not had any luck...