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    I plan on installing vortec heads on a 327 Chevy using the factory TBI and installing the motor in my 1989 4x4 that currently has a 4.3 liter vortec. Everything that I have read says that this is an easy swap and everything should bolt right up.
    I ordered the Heads from JEGíS for a little over 500 dollars for the set. After weeks of research by reading everything I could get my hands on dealing with porting and polishing cylinder heads. I applied what I had learned and worked a set of 882 and 193 Chevy heads. I wanted to get some experience before I attempted porting the vortec heads. Once completed, I used a hacksaw and cut the heads in half. I closely inspected the walls to see just how close I was to going into the cooling ports. I finally felt confident enough and I pick up a Dremal and started to grind the vortec heads. I numbered and removed all of the valves. My next move was to grind the valve heads down on two old valves. I then placed them into the chambers to protect the seats and started to polish the combustion chambers one at a time. I didnít remove much metal just enough to smooth out the surfaces, after all I do not want to change the compression ratio. I figure I will have ten thousands shaved off just to keep the chambers at 64 cc. My next step was to grind down the exhaust bosses, port the bowls, and to remove the rough casting surfaces in the exhaust ports. I did not remove very much metal on the short side, just enough to get the surface smooth. I also didnít gasket match the exhaust ports I retained the stock size. From there I went to the intake ports and gasket matched them. I did not remove any metal on the floor or the sides of the ports, once again just enough to smooth out the surfaces. The entry points on the intake were opened up quite a bit on the roof and on the short side of the intake. All of the walls were made the same and they all have the same matching angles and bevels. I then went to work on the intake bosses and ported the intake bowls. I proceeded to polish the exhaust ports, and then smooth out the intake runners. I did not finely polish the intake runners and bowls. I have heard that that would cause the fuel to puddle up. I ended up with mirror finishes on the chambers and in the exhaust ports. The very last thing I did to the heads was to smooth up the inside and underneath, all of the places where the oil likes to puddle up, clog up, and solidify after several thousands miles of use.
    Take a look at the pictures and see what I have done to these heads and please give me your honest opinions. Has anyone swapped a 4.3 liter for a V8? I plan on keeping the stock TBI system, but I am going to installing the bigger TBI from the 350. I want to run full length headers with after market Catalytic converters with duel exhaust. Retaining the stock engines EGR valve, Oxygen sensors, and smog equipment. After all I need to keep the motor smog legal for New Jersey vehicle and emissions inspection
    The TBI manifold for the vortec is very pricey. I have seen where some guys have used an after market vortec four barrel carburetor intake (which is half the price of the TBI intake) and made up a plate that bolts the throttle body to the intake. Would this cause the engine to run improperly or rob the engine of valuable torque and horse power?

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    More pictures of my porting work

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    finished vortec porting and polishing

     



    The finished product

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    Looks good. Did you measuse the chambers to see what cc they are now? When you have them milled, the rule of thumb on these is .005= 1cc. Not exact, but very close. Also the exhaust seats could be narrowed a bit.

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    Thanks, I have not measured (CC) the chambers yet but I am planning on it. I was very cautious when removing metal. I did not want to take too much off and ruin the heads. I figured to post pictures and get some expert opinions first. Thanks Tim

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    The intake side looks real close- did you check for shrouding? It's hard to tell from here, but they look good. How about flipping them over & posting some of the intake runners....good job.
    Jim

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    Here is a shot of the intake side. Tim

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    The last picture was not a good one, here is a better picture. Tim

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    Ya got a booger!ok- think about this.....what does the air do as it travels the runner? Does it run smoothly into the bowl, or does it tumble? Take a stick of insence and burn it in front of the runner, with a light fan blow the smoke thru the runner & watch what the smoke does as it leaves the bowl. If it's flowing right the smoke will twist as it comes thru, like a twister, otherwise it is tumbling.
    I cut the guides down in the runners on mine to keep the air from splitting so badly as it passes and causing turblence against the backside floor. I leave about 1/8" of it protruding.Just me though I like the flow.
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    I tried the smoke idea, and i did see the smoke swirl. If i knock more off the intake boss i should get more swirl right??? Tim

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    Nope....if it's swirling then it's flowing, and your looking good. I hope you freshened up the lower end lol. They should snap your head back. Good Luck & let us know.
    Jim

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    4.3 liter swap to a v8

     



    I plan on installing vortec heads on a 327 Chevy using the factory TBI and installing the motor in my 1989 4x4 that currently has a 4.3 liter vortec. Everything that I have read says that this is an easy swap and everything should bolt right up.
    Has anyone swapped a 4.3 liter for a V8? I plan on keeping the stock TBI system, but I am going to installing the bigger TBI from the 350. I want to run full length headers with after market Catalytic converters with duel exhaust. Retaining the stock engines EGR valve, Oxygen sensors, and smog equipment. After all I need to keep the motor smog legal for New Jersey vehicle and emissions inspection
    The TBI manifold for the vortec is very pricey. I have seen where some guys have used an after market vortec four barrel carburetor intake (which is half the price of the TBI intake) and made up a plate that bolts the throttle body to the intake. Would this cause the engine to run improperly or rob the engine of valuable torque and horse power?

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    vortec heads

     



    I am almost done with the heads. It is Time to save up some money for new springs, machine work, and a new intake. I think I am going to go with a 4-barrel intake and make up an adaptor bracket so the stock TBI will fit on it.

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    Sounds like fun.
    Jim

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