View Full Version : Some more bowtie talk

07-10-2017, 05:16 PM
I'm thinking about dropping the 305/SM465 and dropping in a mildly built 350/700-R4 setup in the K5.

Good idea or no? The other alternative I have is to just swap the transmission to the 700-R4 and keep the 305. The 305 runs but has it's fair share of leaks and (supposedly) has low compression in 1 cylinder. I don't hear anything off and it runs fine but needs some massive TLC.

07-11-2017, 01:32 AM
Build the 305, it is still an SBC, you have it to start with, unlike the $300+ core for a 350. You have smaller chamber heads, do some flat tops, a small cam, long tubes and intake and be done. It is really easy to fall down the rabbit hole, and while it is not a 350, it is the same base engine.

As for the tranny, I prefer a manual. I will always prefer a manual.

The 700R4 is tried and true though.

07-11-2017, 02:30 AM
I love the manual in this beast. I've taken it out hunting and it just fucking goes anywhere. Never even had to lock the front wheels (yet). I just know the wife would love to drive it (and not just ride in it) so I'm looking at the auto conversions. It doesn't seem too involved...transmission, lines, cooler and shifter (either steering column or on the floor).

I'm just about wrapped up on this goldwing project (as in need to install the motor) and ready to knock the next one out. Once the 'wing is finished I'll have room to move the celica back into the garage and get into the brakes

07-13-2017, 10:25 PM
I'd take the 350 all day long over the 305 in a K5. You want to keep the manual in it, will be much more cam friendly.

Or you could keep the 305, refresh, turbocharge the 305 and drop the 700R4 behind it. It'd live easily at 5-7psi. 305s are low compression already.

07-14-2017, 12:04 AM
OR you could just teach your wife how to drive a goddamn real transmission.

No offense Tim but I could never understand why someone would buy a different car just cause a member of their family either didnt know HOW to drive a manual, or refused to learn. Anyone can learn. I know STUPID ass people that can drive a stick. Im sure your wife can figure it out.

Keep the manual.

07-14-2017, 01:21 AM

She drove the Celica a couple times. She the drove mad and didn't use the clutch or shift. Drove 10 miles doing 20 in first gear.

She's done pretty good in the Ram but not good where she'll drive without me in it. I don't think the blazer is as forgiving as the ram though.

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07-14-2017, 06:07 AM
I don't use a clutch to shift.

You should have seen the poor salescritter that afternoon I took the Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Mustang GT out for test drive.

07-19-2017, 10:07 PM
Personally, I'm a 350 kind of guy. I've had a few 305's but given the choice, I'd go the 350 route.