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Old 07-24-2004, 02:25 AM
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350 to a 383 strocker

ok i think im going to get my 350 to be a 383 strocker motor just want to know how much should i acept to pay? and is a 383 good for a everyday driver? and whats the benifits of havivg a strocker motor? sorry if these questions sound stupid but im just a beginner should be going to tech school soon

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its not tough, but there are a bunch of things involved. Here's how you do it. Go get a 350 block and a 400 crank, and take it to a machine shop and tell them you're building a 383. Leave it up to them.

Not much more expensive than a 350, I'm making about 425 horse with mine for about 3000 dollars.

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Old 07-25-2004, 02:05 AM
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so $3000 is what i should acept to pay? damn
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A 383 would be good/better especialy if your putting it in a 76 caprice(as per your name)as thats a fairly heavy car and the 383 makes more torque than an average 350.Torque is what you want in a heavy car thats street driven especialy.
I would buy a few books on engine building(specificaly SBCs)then find a good 350 block have it honed or bored,cleaned,magnafluxed(do this first)and clearanced for the stroker crank. Get a 400 crank and have it done(I believe the journals need to be turned down to fit a 350 block,not sure though never built/owned a 383). And the rods need to be ground a lil to clear the cam.
Read up on motors and build it your self.W/ the machine work done all you'll really need for special tools would be a torque wrench and a ring compressor,a feeler guage and plastiguage(assuming you have the heads done by the machinest)
To keep costs down don't go for fancy heads like Sportsmans etc....I'd rebuild a decent set of stockers my self,1.94s specificaly to maintain lowend torque.Don't go for forged pistons in just a street motor.Compare prices befor you buy don't just buy the bignames,places like summit make quality parts under there own name.
A 9:1 383,with:a duel plane intake,650carb,stock 1.94s(often times dealers in hotrod mags have sets of 76cc heads all done to performance specs for like $350set(or vortecs heads but they requir special intakes and valve covers)and the right cam,I'm sure could get you close to 350hp(or more w/ vortecs) and evan more torque.

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78 monte, You can buy a balanced stroker kit from PAW for about the same cost of the 350 master crank kit. They have a web-site and download the catolog. I have been doing research on the strokers and I was interested in building on for my 4by, buy strokers create lots of cylinder pressure due to the long stroke and wont be as durable as the stock built 350. But so more research Im not 100% sure about that. You can get the kit and machine work done for about 900-1000 bucks and then just do what ever needs to be done with your heads. Good Luck
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