It is invariably true that no matter where you go, there you are...and that while you are there, things will happen as they will, events will take place, and most shit just natually comes Full Circle. It's the way of Life, and small block Chevys (and 70s throwback misfits who build them) are really no exception to the rule. You can't escape them, for they will come find YOU, and there you are (where you be)...with yet ANOTHER mouse mill on your engine stand and try as you might to run and hide, it will beacon you hither and work begins anew... I've been gone a while, adrift in the murky waters of everyday drudgery and all sorts of things from "Hey, how 'bout that heart attack?!" to "Damn, you've lost weight!" to off topic interests and blind alleys. I've returned and found a mailbox full of PMs, mainly asking about 305 and 307 Chevrolet engine building tips, ideas, conjecture and Tom-foolery...along with other topics from electrical diagnosis, carburetor tech and personal issues. I will try to answer them over the next week or so, but I thought maybe perhaps another new 305 Chebby post would be appreciated by those who have an interest in screwing one together for themselves. Last summer, I did a full rebuild on a 350 Chevrolet engine taken from a 1977 Corvette and sold to me as 'rebuilt', and naturally, it was anything but! However, it came with a truckload of extra parts that made it well worth the price, so no complaints. In the end, the only parts re-used in that build were the engine block, head castings and aluminum intake manifold. EVERYTHING else was discarded and replaced, as is the Way when doing a thorough and complete, professional quality rebuild. To sum that one up, it was a typical 3970010 block (two bolt mains) that I prepped myself (more on this as the ensuing 305 build unfolds later in this thread) and then sent to our company machinist to be tanked, bored .030", honed for iron rings, new freeze and galley plugs installed, new cam bearings and then returned to me for assembly. The stock crank was bent and scored, so it was discarded and replaced with a fresh one from my local engine parts warehouse along with matching King bearings. The rods were reconditioned units with ARP bolts, connected to a set of Silv-O-Lite flat-top cast pistons that I spent many hours massaging to smooth off all sharp edges from the 'eyebrows' to eliminate hot spots which can lead to detonation issues. (And swore I'd never build an engine with eight cylinders again!). Rings were Hastings iron rings that had to be fitted and gapped one-by-one into each cylinder (again cursing number of cylinders). From there, the engine received an Isky 270 Mega Cam and lifter kit, Cloyes double-roller timing set, a new stock replacement harmonic balancer along with a brand new long style water pump and a new stock replacement oil pan with a Fel Pro one-piece gasket (a must have!). THe oil pump was the standard Melling unit with a new pickup screen and hardened drive rod, and I installed a new fuel pump pushrod to round out the short block assembly. The heads were the stock 1.94/1.50 castings that I opened up all of the oil drianback holes on and sent to our machinist for a complete rebuild, including all new valves, stock springs, titanium retainers and HD locks with bronze guides and teflon seals. The pushrods and rocker arms were stock replacement units, and the external sheetmetal was all stock to retain a factory-new, stock appearance. That 355 cubic inch mill ended up in a 73 El Camino out in Oklahoma where reports indicate that the new owner is thrilled with it. With that task completed, I find myself with an LG4 305 block out of an 83 Firebird on my engine stand and the whole journey seems to be starting up again. This time, I will attempt to photograph and post the pictures here as this latest small block comes to life over the next few months. So, everything old is new again...or any old small block Chevy will do...but if you have a 305, it's as good a candidate as any (and better than many!) for an in-depth, comprehensive rebuild...so stay tuned and we'll see how this one shakes out. But first, here's a quick peek at the 355 engine from last summer's rebuilding operations!