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Old 07-19-2010, 11:08 AM
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283 vs 350 in s10

hello, my names Jason, i just got an s10 with a blown up 4.3 v6 and i want to go to a v8. i got a 283 but needs rebuilt and the rebuild kit is expensive so i was wondering if i put a 350 crank in it what else would i have to change. basically I'm on a tight budget and need to get it rebuilt as cheap as possible but still have it a screamer. It will be fuel injected

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a 350 crank won't fit in a 283 block. 283 has smaller bearings and there would be clearance issues. even then it would take customs pistons to work with it.
you're better off buying a running 305 or 350 out of a wrecked car or truck
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Are you REALLY from "Hicktown" S.C.? Anyway, my suggestion is to go to a few towing yard type auctions. You'd be surprised what you can buy. $100.00 will get you a running, driving car many times. Use what you can, part out what you can, then hulk the rest out.
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Find someone that'll trade you the 283 for a 350. That's what i did. A 350 will make for a faster truck for less money too. 283's aren't as common as a 350 so the parts for the rotating assembly (bottom end) will be more expensive. Chances are you'll find someone looking to have a more unique engine for their nostalgic build.
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