Quick Answer: Why Are Vortec Heads So Good?

Does porting heads make a difference?

Porting your cylinder head is a car modification you can make to improve performance.

It’s hands-down the best upgrade you can perform for the least amount of money.

Increase the flow of fuel and air running through the intake manifold and the heads and you just increased the engine’s power output..

How much HP do Vortec heads add?

The original answer was related to modifying the heads to accept more valve lift. Our original answer combined the Chevrolet Hot cam with a set of these Vortec heads. Our estimate then and now is around 350-375 horsepower. Your question relates to porting the Vortec heads to improve the flow, which is a great idea.

How much HP gain from porting heads?

Head porting is probably the single most critical piece of adding HP. you can gain 20-30 from a really good port job.

Can you put 400 heads on a 350?

The only difference is that 400 heads have steam holes drilled in them for the 400 block. You can put 400 heads on a 350 but you should not put 350 heads on a 400 without drilling the steam holes.

Will Vortec heads work on older 350?

night rider Veteran Member. Yes the 1996-02 L31 350 vortec heads will bolt to ANY gen 1 350 engine.

Can I put Vortec heads on a 327?

The L31 Vortec heads will bolt onto any Gen I small block. Your 327 isn’t any different than any other Gen I small block built from 1955 thru 2002. The main difference with using the Vortec heads is the different intake bolt pattern as already mentioned.

Do aluminum heads make more power?

Aluminum heads will dissipate heat faster. This allows for higher Compression Ratios with less risk of Detonation. The cooler head also delivers a cooler air/fuel mixture to the combustion chamber. Cooler air is denser and can make more power.

Are Vortec heads worth it?

vortec heads are one of the cheapest hp gain and they’ll give you better gas mileage. For the center bolt valve covers the ones for the vortec heads are taller then the center bolt valve covers you find on non-vortec heads.

How much horsepower do headers add to a 350?

The length of the primary tubing determines the effective rpm range, but headers can be worth 15-20 hp on the right application. Run on our restrictive two-barrel 350, the headers improved the power output to 248 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, with consistent gains through the rev range.

What are double hump heads worth?

RIP: 2/16/2019. 461 and 462 double hump complete heads should be worth or priced at $200 a set at the very least. With all the choices in new motors and heads these do not have the interest they once had.

What is so special about a Vortec engine?

The redesigned cylinder heads of a Vortec engine provides for improved combustion efficiency. The intake ports (reshaped) of the engine provides for better cylinder filling and fuel atomization by promoting higher air flow velocities to the combustion chambers via the ports.

How do you identify Vortec heads?

The easiest way to identify a Vortec head is by the sawtooth pattern cast into the front. Look for casting number 12558062, but avoid casting number 10239906, which has a modified exhaust seat and loses 20 percent of its flow at 0.120-inch lift.

Are Vortec heads better than double hump heads?

Types of GM Vortec Heads The L31 Vortec heads have larger ports than the older Gen I cast steel heads, so they outflow the older heads. The Vortec heads are a little bit lighter than the older heads and have a “kidney” or “heart” shaped combustion chamber that is more efficient than the double hump chamber.

Can you put LS heads on a 350?

They are completely different engines so no, they won’t fit. However the SBC engine has more high performance parts available for it than any other engine. It was in continuous production from 1955 to 1998.

Does port and polish add HP?

Don’t expect huge leaps in horsepower; results obviously depend on the original state of the cylinder head and the quality of the workmanship. If you believe online forum chatter, LS1 cylinder heads can give anywhere between 10 to over 50bhp extra from a port and polish, so it is by no means a linear process.