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1971 nova with stock 454 vs stroker 383

hello
i was wondering
buy a new stroker 383 or go with a stock 454 used from an old c20 still with good mileage
for the price of a new stroker , it will be may be cheaper to go with a 454 with all the modifications

just for driving around blocks durings sunny day and have fun
not for racing but still feel amout of power

let me know your advise
thanks

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454s make from 230 hp on up. a 383 stroker is not a cheap build. I would take a mild new engine if I plan to drive a lot. you decide on what works best for you then see how to get there on a budget.Im terrible at super cheap builds,I prefer quality.
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yes the price of a new stroker i can easy find an old truck with a 454 and good mileage and swap everythind
i dont want drive it everyday
just for fun and feel power
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Novas are reason when it comes to weight.easy to get parts for them. I guess it really depends what you call power.
example only,I bought a 1980 Camaro from a fella that spent a pile of money on the car,including a rebuilt 454. I paid 5k for the car( twice what it was worth) but a good deal considering how much he had spent on it.
problem it was a dog,ran low 14s. I took the engine out,took it apart and blue printed the engine and changed the camshaft and put a used set of bigger valves in the stock small valve heads.
It cost me $1700.oo .The car picked up 7/10s. then I bought a posi,different manifold and different intake,changed the gears,bought slicks,etc,ended up running 11.9s
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One big difference to watch for is header clearance. Not much room around that steering box if you want to run a decent size of pipe.
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You will also do something with the heater housing, the hoses come out on the right on the BB. A mild 454 runs very good in a Nova, not many mods needed.
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You will also do something with the heater housing, the hoses come out on the right on the BB. A mild 454 runs very good in a Nova, not many mods needed.
Just flip the heater core and drill two holes in heater box. Thats what GM did. Also use 70 frame/engine mounts so engine will clear power brake unit.

I have owned several BBC Novas. Both factory and homebuilt. Love those cars. Presently have a 71 Rally Nova with big cube BBC for install.

Homebuilds tend to feel nose heavy when just driving around. Factory cars used different suspension parts. Feel/drive better.

If you like torque. A modified BBC/Nova will impress you.
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