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Old 02-22-2003, 05:04 AM
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Question 327 vs 350 Pros and Cons

Im 19 and i have a 71 chevelle i purchased for $500. my dad had several rods before he passed away. so ive always loved them but cant say i know as much as id like to. I started to build a 350sb 30 over but ive found its to darn exspencive. ive recently ran across to motors that caught my eye, an acclaimed recently rebuilt 350 and 327 both in ready to run condition. and both are in the $400 range which fits my buget but which is better? I want a bad *** motor but im not shure about the tech factors, stroke, bore,HP,redline,torq and so on i would really appresiate any info you guys could give me. thanks Steve

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The 350 is slightly easier to get parts for. The 327 has a slightly higher dollar value. Both are great engines and will do you well.If you are on a limited budget, It will be hard to build a motor. However if you all ready have started on building a 350, i would buy the 350 for $400.00 and keep the current 350 to build as you can afford it. Can you hear the $400.00 350 run? Can you do a compression check on it? I would be careful as you don`t find many rebuild ready to run engines for $400.00. Let us know what you you do will ya?Welcome to Hot Rodding!!!
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There are not many $400 engines out there that are decent and this guy has two?

I would not worry about the 327/350 issue. I would be concerned MORE about getting a decent engine. If you cannot hear them run...... pull the plugs and look at them, look at the oil in/around the PVC.

I believe I would put the $400 towards fixing the 350 you already have. Then you would know what you have.


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The engines are from two different people one i found at a local shop. a friend of mine works there and he mentioned they had a 78 impala in the yard that had been wrecked in the tail end but had a recently rebuilt 350 in it.so we went out back with a battery and she cranked after a few tryes, acctually sounded pretty good for the 6 month old gas in it. the 327 is in a camaro that a friend of mine has and is removing to make room for a 396.So thats the only reason for the good deals puls i like in a really small town. but i will be sure to ride in the camaro and check compression on both engines before i break the bank! I just think the 327 sounds so cool!
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when you say you want a "bad" motor you have to consider the little things that apply to that.such as stahl converters,headers,better heads,bigger carb,posi unit for the rear end,etc. but if you are looking at the 300-350hp range a small cam and a reasonable rebuild kit with say 9.5to1 compression you could get by on about $500-600 range.considering your block has been machined or just needs honing.a 350 is probably the cheapest engine to build and get parts for.shop around for prices on kits then see what looks better.a running motor or rebuilding yours now <img src="graemlins/pimp.gif" border="0" alt="[pimp]" />
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buy them both, ah, but your on a budget. As for the tech both engines have 4" bore, but the stroke of the 350 is 3.48" and the 327 is 3.25". The 327 heads will need hardened valve seats to run unleaded gas, but if it's a small journal motor the crank will be steel, where the 350 could be eather, but is probly cast. do you know the year of the 327? pre '67 (I think) are small journal.
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last i looked, you could get a complete rebuild kit for a 350 from Northern auto parts for less than $200 bucks. as for wanting a bad a** engine, horsepower costs money, how fast do you want to go?
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Id put my money tward the new motor. Who knows how well these engines were built, theyre probably not that great and if you want a "bada$$" motor its going to take alot more than those motors can give. When i think of ****** motor i think of ALOT of aftermarket stuff and for 500 bucks your not going to get much, here are some very general prices....
Single plain intake: 200
Full aftermarket ignition system {box coil and distributer: 450
aftermarket cam and kit from doug herbert: 200
Dynomax cheap headers: 100
Posi unit: 350
Torque converter: 100-1000 dollars and anywhere in between
double roller timing chain: 50
Roller rockers: 200
Aftermarket heads:600-1000 bare
Valves: 150
Eagle SIR rods: 210
As you can see it ads up, your best bet is to go to swap meets and look for deals. Remember the old saying....speed costs, how fast do you want to go? AND REMEMBER THIS: Jegs and summit are not the only distributers out there look online and around your state at speed shops etc. for good deals one BIG for instance ill give you is Jegs prices on eagle stuff. Jegs wants 680 bucks for an Eagle 4340 steel crank, i got mine, the exact same crank for 450 bucks, they want 339 for Eagle SIR rods, i got some for 210 at a local speed shop, the list goes on, Jegs does have good prices on most stuff but look out for the jacked up ones. Have fun and good luck
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Either of these engines are capable of making great power and for 400 bux is a great deal. go with the one you know more about its history
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I always liked the ol 327's. You could get more rpm's out of them..
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