Getting Full Power Out of An Original Chevy 350?

I have a 72 Chevelle 350. Stock motor and basically all original. Sat for a long time (15 years), but the car is in perfect condition. No dents, damage, rust spots and the motor isn't seized. It can be turned by hand. Tested it to be sure after changing oil and doing other tune-ups to it. But having it only come 165hp, I want to make it go. I have done some research and I would like to keep a 350 in it. What all would you recommend? Anything. Thanks Stripping it down and fully rebuilding. Needs rebuilding anyway... compression is somewhat low now so I figure if it's going to be rebuilt... I wanna make it have a lot of power from what it can get it. I have a bike and another car so I want this one for drag (nothing crazy) and street driven sometimes but not often. Gotta give those high school kids a new background for their cell phone haha. Thanks

Asked By: blk600cc - 12/2/2008
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Heads are where the power is at. Not sure of your budget or how far you want to go on it but I would do a full rebuild... More
Answered By: chevyraceman_383 - 12/3/2008
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Try a full race cam, six pack carbs and polish the manifold for starters. Bore the cylinders and add larger pistons
Answered By: WDOUI - 12/2/2008
Check into getting a crate motor, when you add up all the cost of parts and machining you're going to have to put into that old motor it's more that worth it. For around 35 hundred you can get a complete turn key motor with 350 H.P. For about a grand more you can get a 383 stroker with 450 H.P. complete with a 2 year... More
Answered By: halsca - 12/2/2008
u might need to get the motor bored. for Instant power go with a dual carb super charger. have a look around in <>
Answered By: pyroline8 - 12/3/2008
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