How's it going? I might have a chance to buy a 1977 Chevy Scottsdale stepside and wanted to know if anyone here can provide some info on them or let me know of things I should look for? The body looks to be in good shape and although it runs, I haven't had a chance to hear it yet. It's a 2WD 305 V8 engine. A couple questions I have for you guys are:How is the power on the 305?Does the V8 sound anything like a muscle car? I had a V8 cougar with after market exhaust which sounded incredible, and I'd like this one to have a little throaty sound even if it means swapping out the exhaust. I've never owned a pickup before so anything I should look for in general or for this particular year would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the help!Ben
well.. sounds all depend on the exhaust system that you will install...the 305 is a underbored 350... its a 305... it has smaller pistons.. ports .. cam.. carb... intake... sometimes exhaust system.. you will want to ask if its ever been rebuilt..you will want to ask if it has not been rebuilt.. if the timing chain was changed...77 chevy trucks are my favorite year... but that's just me..don't forget that this truck is 35 years old... so if it has not been cared for.. there might be some issues.. if it has been worked on by untrained or unknowing personal there could be issues..if you don't like the 305... almost anything can be dropped into these.. depending on where you live..the 305 got better fuel economy than the 350's... if you are not drag racing.. towing something large.. a 305 will work just fine..and the 2G rochester carb is an excellent unit.. they race those carb in circle track races.. these were the motors that could have come in yours..1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 ton P/U 2WD: Available engines 6 Cylinders D 4.1L 1BL (found in 99% of 1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 ton P/U 2WD) 6 Cylinders T 4.8L 1BL (found in 01% of 1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 ton P/U 2WD) 8 Cylinders L 5.7L 4BL OHV (found in 75% of 1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 ton P/U 2WD) 8 Cylinders R 6.6L 4BL 8 Cylinders S 7.4L 4BL (found in 04% of 1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 ton P/U 2WD) 8 Cylinders U 5.0L 2BL OHV (found in 21% of 1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 ton P/U 2WD)if you are going to swap the exhaust system..please be sure that they install an oxygen sensor bung... so that at sometime in the future.. you can easily install either an inexpensive narrow band oxygen sensor... 35 to 200 buck narrow band air fuel ratio display.. or a more expensive wide band oxygen sensor and the more expensive wide band air fuel ratio display.. this allows you after a short learning curve... on how to adjust the multiple circuits in the carb.. for best fuel economy and driveabilityits only starting to get cool.. when you can get decent fuel economy out of pickup trucks.. without melting the engines...hint.. each engine is different.. so there is no magic single thing one can tweak to make it perform like the magic carbs that they are.. i bought a 77 C20 camper special. with a 454 and a TH400.. exactly the truck i always wanted.. my sisters kid talked me out of it.. he instantly yanked the 454 and sold it and scraped the rest of the truck.. i was fit to be tied.. it only needed a drivers door.. as that had been smashed slightly by a truck when the door was opened into traffic.. i just had not found one in the dark brown metallic and a creamy light yellow insert panel..
Thanks for all the info! It'll definitely help.Ben