Anybody build up a 229 V6?

Darwinskeeper

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I'm enjoying driving my "new" 80 El Camino with a 229 V6 and a 3 speed Saginaw so much that I'm tempted to build up the V6. If I convert the Elco to an electric vehicle, I could store the engine and build it up to replace the 4.3 in Darwin once the Skylark's done. Otherwise I might convert the S-10 and play with the Elco on the side.

Has anybody really done a quasi performance buildup on a 229? I was thinking of headers, a dual exhaust and either a K&N air cleaner on the 2bbl or a performer intake with a 390cfm Holley. I know M Hamilton was thinking of it, but what has been done with this engine?
 

mhamilton

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The only one I have run across is this guy with a 229 in a Midget: http://www.britishv8.org/MG/HankKleban.htm

Looks like a high rpm horsepower maker on his build, to get those kind of figures.
 
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beleave it or not, i took a 1988 astro van with a tbi system on it, i replaced the motor with a 2000 4.3 vortec, i had to get a new intake and tbi adaptor, van had 3.90 rears, and a 3" single flowmaster setup. that sob would run. best time at the track with no ajusting was a 13.90, 101 mph, that 4000 + pounds box going down the road, also pulled 5000 lb boat with little trouble.
 

Darwinskeeper

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I have read about the Midget in question. Its sort of the opposite thing from what I would ever consider, particularly for a relatively heavy intermediate. Still interesting in its own way.
 
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I still have a 229 V6 in my Malibu, also have the Eldelbrock intake and a 500 or 450 cfm Edelbrock carb sitting on the workbench. One of these days I will install it.

Trickbu
 

80ECLT

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Way too big a carb for that!!!!!!
 

80ECLT

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I always wanted to build one a 229 with a custom sheetmetal intake and webbers for a rat rod. maybe someday... Im sure I could get a free "core" engine from someone! LOL!
 

Darwinskeeper

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Yeah, if I was going to put a 4 barrel on it I'd be inclined for the 390cfm Holley 4160, realistically I'd just see what I could do with the std 2bbl with a more efficient air cleaner.

The other option would be a tbi setup, but I'm not sure I could find an efi distribby for the semi-even-fire engine. I have heard of somebody who used a 200/229 distributor in a carbureted 262 and was reasonably happy :-k , but that could be that his standards were lower than mine.
 
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80ECLT said:
Way too big a carb for that!!!!!!
Well it's the Edelbrock carb and what they recomend, I was intially going to get the Holley 390 CFM, but I can accross the Edelbrock carb at a super bargain.

I still gotta find those exhaust manifolds of a 85 or so Full size truck w the 4.3 and add them to the pile for the project.

Trickbu
 

ElCaminoBill

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We rebuilt the original 229 that was in my Lemans but did not stray too far from stock. It was my son's 1st car and being an "uncool" dad I didn't want him having a lot of power.

bored .060 over
RV cam from PAW
removed cat
removed air pump
upgraded spark plug wires

Even with 2.41 gears it ran pretty well. It would run circles around the 231 Buick powered 81 Cutlass I had.
 
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I HAVE A 229 THAT I TOOK OUT OF MY 1980 ELCAMINO THAT IWAS THINKING ABOUT PUTING IN A RAT ROD SOMEDAY.CAN YOU TELL ME WHER YOU FOUND A PERFORMER INTAKE AT.
 

Darwinskeeper

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The Edelbrock Performer intake that mates a 4bbl carb to a 85 & up (non vortec) 4.3 will also bolt onto the smaller 200 and 229 V6s, the only thing is that you do have to watch carb size on the smaller engine. For me the question is whether the Performer with a 390cfm Holley would provide much of an improvement over the stock intake/2bbl carb.
 

cammed up v6

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i built mine up a litte i used a comp cams shaft 425 lift 206 duration gm performance intake and eldebrock 550 also installed solid lifters also has hooker super comp long tubes
 

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cammed up v6 said:
i built mine up a litte i used a comp cams shaft 425 lift 206 duration gm performance intake and eldebrock 550 also installed solid lifters also has hooker super comp long tubes
How well did it respond to those modifications?
 

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yeah i swaped out the 3.8 for the 4.3 blower and turbos and bow tie blocks pushing 315 cubes that ran high 8's in a old camaro back in the 90's dyno read was 638 hp @7800 rpms
 

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