OK… I thought you were wanting a low RPM torquey engine with “grunt”.
The high RPM engines are exciting and sound incredible.
I had a ‘67 Stingray coupe with a richard (D.I.C.K )Guldstrand built 327, solid lifters, very high RPM. It didn’t want to idle under 1500 RPMs… it was scary fast. I’d give my left testicle to have that car back!
During a trip to Glamis one year, I got to ride in an early Land Cruiser plastic bodied sand rail with a 9,500 RPM blown Chevy 377 (400 block with a 350 crank)! It was more than scary fast on the sand. Probably the most G-force I ever felt in a vehicle.
Yeah….. RPMs can be orgasmic. Yep… those were the days!!
It’s my understanding when you go high RPMs you will need to consider very high strength parts, like rod that won’t flex, valves that won’t float, etc. Yeah… $25,000 to $35,000 may be the cost?
Definitely not the same project, but my choice would be my friends offer to swap my 22RE for a L33 5.3 LS aluminum block, dyno’d at 420 HP for about $8,000…. Would one of those fit in a ’77 Celica or 71 to 82 pickup?