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383 build help

ok im kinda new to all of this, i am 17 and i bought a 1979 z28 with a 355. the 355 has a rod knock and i have another block and parts. i have a 350 with a 400 crank and 350 rods and pistons but i am wondering what all i need done to make a 383, i have a few sets of 202 heads and i have a couple intakes as well, dual and single highrise, i dont have alot of money at all, roughly $100 every 2 weeks that is for the motor, i work at bumper 2 bumper and have a machine shop in back but we cant mill cranks, can anyone make a step by step list of what to do for me? i would greatly appreciate it, i want to have over 400 hp, sure 600 would be great but is that possible on a budget like mine?



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Old 11-26-2011, 04:20 AM
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Since your new, and young. I`m going to tell you the same thing I tell all who`s just starting out. First off, budget is important because horsepower costs money. Second, take time to learn the trade, you can`t jump in and learn it in a week, month, or even a year. Next is start out small, you don`t need 400 horsepower and if you had it could you handle it? Could your car handle it? I used to own a 79 Z28 and I learned, they are not only heavy cars, but if your going to put any kind of power over 300 horses under the hood you have to add subframe connectors. If I were you, I would build a small budget 355 mule motor. I`d use it to learn off of. You can learn what it likes, what it don`t like. Most importantly you`ll learn how to tune it which seems to be the biggest mystery to most out there. On your budget, if you really want a 400 horsepower 383, you`ll be waiting the next 2 years on it`s completion. Another 355 is a breeze to build and learn building skills on. With the right parts it will also put out a rather impressive amount of power on a small budget.
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