Question: How Do You Identify Vortec Heads?

What is the difference between LS and vortec?

The Vortec truck harness has a large portion up on top of the intake manifold, is supported by it, and is covered or hidden by the plastic engine cover.

The LS engine harness is configured much differently and the intake manifold is exposed and uses valve covers to dress up the engine..

Is the 5.7 Vortec a good engine?

The best-known and most-beloved has to be the “350” or 5.7-liter version; especially with Chevrolet and GMC trucks. They are powerful, tough, reliable and it is relatively easy to “soup up” or increase their performance.

How much horsepower 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.

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.

What degree are Vortec heads?

Vortec Intake Valve Seats and Combustion Chamber The Vortec combustion chamber is a kidney-shaped design that promotes better combustion and will have the spark plug located near the center of the chamber. The regular 350 head utilizes a 90 degree intake bolt angle while the Vortec makes do with a 72 degree bolt angle.

Are Vortec heads any good?

Vortecs are said to be the best flowing out of box iron heads that Chevy ever produced. I have a set on my T-Bucket and they work well. You will need to also get a Vortec bolt pattern Intake manifold also.

Can I put Vortec heads on a 350?

If you wanted the Vortec heads on your engine then you would have to buy a new intake manifold to be able to get the TBI set-up onto the heads. … But you would need to buy a TBI intake manifold to bolt up to the Vortec heads. You can’t by a spacer for the Vortec intake manifold.

What vehicles have Vortec heads?

Re: Which vehicles came with Vortec heads? ( 96 thru 99 Chevy and GMC pickups, Suburbans, Tahoe, and Blazers. There were two types of Vortec heads, small heads were used on the small V-8 truck engine, the larger L31 heads were used on all 5.7 V-8s. The ones you want are L31, 5.7 heads.

Are Vortec heads straight plug?

I thought all vortecs are straight plug. Straight. Most all headers will fit fine but you’ll get better luck with plug clearance by buying the short plugs instead of specific headers.

Will 327 heads fit on a 350?

They are perfect for a 350. Both the 327 and the 350 have a 4″ bore so they like the same heads. Old heads like that will have softer valve seats, so if you want them to last a long time, you should either replace the seats or run leaded gas in the engine.

What is the difference between Vortec heads and regular 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. The L31 Vortec comes in two different casting numbers, 10239906 (#906) or 12558062 (#062).

How do you identify cylinder heads?

See “A” in the picture General Motors. The casting number of a GM cylinder head is located between the valve springs. It’s a long number of 6 to 8 digits. See “A” in the picture General Motors.