OK, here we go (again). As I head down the road, I'll be better able to determine what I can live with, and what I can live without. Do I want to be able to drive down the highway a couple hundred miles, or do I want to be a contending force at the street drags (legal ones during the summer)? I should be able to figure out which one I want more as continue down this rebuilding journey.
I found a neat software program that let's you choose a cam based on your answers to a few questions like "How much cam are you willing to put up with? a. I want it to feel llike my grandpa's Olds '98. b. I want better gas mileage and a bit more torque. c. Choppy idle and burn rubber as needed. d. As much cam as I can get without spilling my beverage while idling.
Or something along those lines. Then, we must answer some basic questions that have been asked since the beginning of time (or at least, since I began reading hot rod magazines nearly 40 years ago. Problem is, I can't remember the answers now. Please advise as you are able:
1. Solid or hydraulic lifters (I know, that's an oldie but a goodie)? I don't want to adjust anything, anytime, if it's not absolutely necessary. Or maybe hydraulic-roller lifters? There are 4 cams recommended with hydraulic lifters, 1 with solid lifters, and 1 with hydraulic-roller lifters. Price is definitely an issue here, but not necessarily a deal breaker.
2. What RPM range? Not building it for the track, so am I looking at 1200 - 5200 (212 - 218 @.050), or 2000 to 6000 (230 - 230 @ .050), or somewhere in between (1400 - 5600 RPM) (218 - 224 @.050)?
3. They come with descriptions like, "Strong torque, excellent response. Good mid-range, stock converter, 3.23 gears." That's for the last cam above. I understand everything but "stock converter" and "3.23 gears". I plan on swapping some gears in the differential anyway, at some point, so how does this compare to what's in my 9" right now?
Thanks for your time in answering Horsepower for First Graders questions. I appreciate it!