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Old 12-10-2003, 10:06 PM
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327 rebuild

Ok, yes I am new at 40. so my question to you the experts from me the student, I want to rebuild my first engine. I have a 71 camaro, and a T-5 to go in it. The rebuild, I would like to know can I use a 383 stroker kit to rebuild my 327. if so what will I have to do and what cube will I have when I finish. I would like to get some good power out of it, it will see some strip time but, it will be mostly a daily driver, 2 or 3 times a week. thanks! 3rd G.

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Old 12-11-2003, 03:23 AM
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This should be in the Introduction to hot rodding forum.
First off, what year 327? the 1962 - 1967 327`s were small journal crankshaft engines, the 1968 - 69 327`s were large journal, you`ll need a large journal to use the 383 kit, and what you mean by kit, I`m thinking you mean crankshaft, rods, pistons etc. a 383 is a .030 over 350 with a 400 crankshaft, if you used a 327 block bored .030 over it would still be a 383 since the 302, 327 and 350 all have the same bore size of 4 inches. if your engine is a small journal you`ll have to find a large journal block since there are no 400 crank shafts that fit the small journal size. also from the factory, a 400 crank has larger main bearing journals than a 350, the 350 has 2.450 journals, while the 400 used 2.650 journals, but there easily ground .020 to make them into the 2.450 size. If you plan to use a 383, or a hopped up 350 or 327, and plan on drag strip use and some street thrashing, then I would find something other than a T-5, the T-5 is a weak transmission and won`t last behind anything making any power, unless you keep your foot out of it.
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I concur with Double.. measure the journal sizes
and then go from there. You may be better off
if it is an original large 327 block to sell it to some
one needing a dated block for a resto and then go
buy a 350 engine out of the junkyard.

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Old 12-11-2003, 10:11 AM
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If it's your first engine, i'd consider keeping it a 327. You won't have to clearance the block, have any cam to rod issues, or have to buy different crank. Plus, the 327 is not a bad performer in it's own right; you can get decent horsepower out of them with a little less torque than a 350.

BTW, there are a lot of 3.75" (400) stroke aftermarket cranks out there. We sell the Eagle internally balanced cast steel version for 238 bucks, plus shipping. The externally balanced version is 192 bucks, plus shipping.
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