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Old 08-09-2011, 04:43 PM
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383 build tips?? I need them

Its dedided finally i am going to build my FIRST chevy 383 for my truck.
I want lots of torque but some MPG and I don't want to go BB.
I have read the 383 stroker is tricky to assemble because of clearances??? I like to do all my own work but i could have the engine shop put it together??? I guess- no fun!
The truck is a 56 and i plan on driving it all over. The truck will have a 700R4 transmision. Normally aspirated(simple) 3.55 rear gear
I have assembled :
2 340's
1 360'
2 440's
1 350 in my life time . Is the 383 really that tricky? I need a motor recipe can some one point me to a motor build thread?
I am going to use a pre 96 block and run a Hyd flat tapet Cam
and some less than $1000 AL heads assembled
thanks for any help
CAN A SEMI IDIOT PUT A stroker together?????? thats the question

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Here is the only advice I can give you, I built a 383 about 8 years ago for an 85 Chevy, was never very impressed with the power, but I did have a machine shop assemble the short block.

I am currently putting a 489 stroker into my 72 C10, also had a machine shop build the short block. The block has to be cut on for a stroker, and unless you have the tooling to do this it is a no brainer to have the pros cut and assemble.

My 383 I used cast heads and firmley believe that was the issue, I have Edelbrock performer RPM aluminum heads sitting on my 489 and even without starting it I am happy with the performance!! HA HA

So long story short, get good heads, aluminum, and have a good machine shop notch, balance, and assemble the lower end. Most stroker kits are internally balanced so you definalty want that done correctly.
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Never mind this thread. building a chevy motor is like being a kid in a candy store there is so many many combo's!!
I carefully read another one of my threads and a stout 350 with a 177 huffer was rec. over a normally aspirated 383. Parts including the crank for a 350 are econimical plus forged pistons are cheap and I can afford a 177 with a single carb
Did not mean to waste anybodies time!!!!
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