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.
Last edited by 78 monte; 07-25-2004 at 12:24 PM.