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It all depends on what you really want to do with it, and how much you want to spend.

A good "freshining" rebuild would suit most needs. Unless you are going to change the heads, even a small cam is a waste of time IMO. The heads are very limited in stock form. And the stock castings are prone enough to cracking, that porting the stockers is a potential waste of time as well.

The biggest changes that I could recommend to you would be the following:

M1 2bbl intake. This gets rid of the leak prone factory beer barrel intake. Not a cheap manifold, but worth the price.
Ported stock TB or a billet 50mm TB. Many places for these, helps getting the air in.
1.7 Roller rocker conversion. I would say go with Harland Sharpe non adjustable's, as they are pretty much a bolt on and go setup, and will help build a little more torque
Headers will help, but are not a must.
To get the most out of the current setup, I would recommend a SCT tune. This can get even more potential out of your current combo, and will help maximize the benifits of the above changes.

That list will add 40-50 ftlbs of torque across a pretty broad band, and make the truck drive much better, with more reliable long term performance, and give nothing up in terms of longevity.

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Thanks for your input. As of right now i am planning on going with a set of magnum Indy x heads. As far as the intake goes I'm working on something special. So I'm not gonna worry about that until all the final machine work is done on it. I will be running a set of headers on the truck. And the block will be baked bored honed and balanced. I'm just looking for cam ideas and piston ideas. Oh I'm only going .030 over.
Ah gotcha.

Doing any portwork on the heads? The best way to make power on the magnums is to make sure that you have as tight a quench as possible. I just finished a 360 magnum for a friend, that has ported Mopar RT heads on it, and we went zero deck on the piston. This thing is a torque monster with that setup. Now the negative is that ANY sort of larger cam, to get the most out of the motor, you will also need to source a stall convertor ( unless you have a stick truck that is... ) Even the factory cam saw good gains when a "factory histall" type of convertor was utilized. So make sure you put that in your planning as well. Cam size and desired RPM range are going to dictate which convertor you need. So what RPM do you want this thing to go to? As far as pistons go, you can pretty much use whatever you want. As long as you arent planning on going blown/turbo'd or nitrous, hypereutectic style pistons work great.

Danno
 
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