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Old 03-23-2008, 01:53 PM
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348 or 427 into a 56 Cameo Truck

I am not looking for a vote.What i need is to know what engine will fit with the original mounts in the 56 cameo and if it will be more trouble.wouldnt the 348 bolt right in?
I have a 56 (Ground up restored) Chevy Cameo show truck I purchased with a 350 crate motor,rebuilt original 3 speed tranny on the column,rebuilt 9" ford rear end,after market air conditioning. Corvette power brakes under the drivers floor and added power steering assist and front stabilizer bars This truck is a # 1 show truck.
I would like to change the motor to a new 58 chevy 348 rebuilt or a blue printed 1968 #s matching 4 bolt main 427ci.i have the motors and several other cars i built and want to make this truck stand out with one of these motors. i will use the same trans and bellhousing.I also want to use the original exhaust manifolds that each motor came with.Can I do it.and Will they fit without changing the truck. will they bolt right in with the original motor mounts on the new engine.One concern is the shifter linkage from the column.. Thanks John Morici

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engine?

I vote for the 348; if only to be different than everyone else. If your truck had been already converted to side engine mounts it should all fit. If it's still front mounted there may be more fabrication needed. I don't think with a 427 that the stock 3-speed column shifter will clear or not. But, 348's came in passenger cars with column shift linkage. Either way, the weak link is the 3-speed trans; small, weak, nonsyncro first gear. You may want to upgrade that along with the engine. Yeah.....348!
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Me too, porcupine motor for sure...
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confused!

I always thought the 348/409 motors were refered to as "W" motors, and the Z-11 was the "porcupine head" motor, that I thought was also called the "mystery" motor. The "mystery" motor evolved into what we generally refer to as "big blocks" or "Mark IV". Is that right/close, or am I confused once again?
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Its nice to be different and if this thing is only rolling off the trailer to the parking lot at the show then go for it.

I won't sacrifice performance though just to be different. The 427 is my vote, more reliable and cost effective to build (or replace parts on). If you want to be different build a 540 BBC instead!!!
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My vote is kind of up in the air, I've heard my dads stories about 6000rpm clutch dumps in the 348 biscane he used to have


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I always thought the 348/409 motors were refered to as "W" motors, and the Z-11 was the "porcupine head" motor, that I thought was also called the "mystery" motor. The "mystery" motor evolved into what we generally refer to as "big blocks" or "Mark IV". Is that right/close, or am I confused once again?
You are correct. Brain fart on my part.
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