To 283 or not to 283?
Hey guys, my brother has an old chevy 283 block, crank, and heads that he's willing to give me to use for a swap. It's from between '58 and '62, casting code 3757519, two bolt mains. Things are a bit rusty so everything would have to be cleaned up before the build.
My question is: is it worth it? I'm looking for 300-350 hp, not afraid of turbos if that's the way to go. The other best option would be a junkyard LS1 which would be lighter and have more power, correct?
I have zero experience with american engines, so forgive me if I don't make sense.
Would it be cheaper to machine the block and buy parts to build the engine, or just buy a complete LS1 and be done?