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Old 10-26-2010, 06:03 PM
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383 stroker advice.

Anyone heard of faerman racing out of texas? I am gonna purchase a 88 chevy with an accel fuel injected 383 with 496 dyno proven hp.built by faerman and was wondering how reliable is a 383? I will be easy on it driving back and forth to work just 6 miles to and from. Gas mileage isnt really a concern due to high hp engine. Any opinions please? Keep in mind that I am wanting a radical street truck. The engine has forged internals with sportsman II heads. Accel efi, built turbo 400, 3.08 gears in rear for interstate use.

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A 383 is as reliable as any other engine if it's put together right. My concern might be if it's a race only motor it might be a little loose for a daily driven street car, meaning longevity sacrifices for power gains. Did it make that power on pump gas?

A 496 hp small block isn't going to like tippy toeing around either...
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Its built to run on 93 octane. I really dont plan on tip toeing it will see 70+ mph on the interstate to and from work. 6 miles there and 6 miles back. I will be driving some on weekends. No long trips and such.
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As far as was explained it was built for street/strip.
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If built right a 500hp 383 can actually be mild enough for grandma to drive, its not cheap nor easy to do it right though. Fuel injection will help make it more drivable.
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The motor as per reciept cost him 9500.00. So I am pretty sure with that kinda ticket there is some good stuff. I may call faerman and see if he can tell me something about the engine.
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I've had 2 383 strokers in two trans ams. My first one lasted 7 years under moderate use, occasional track, but mostly street used.
My new one is a 383 LT1 from Tuff Dawg/D&E machine. It makes north of 450 whp. It does not beat you to death with oversize cam. 383's are tried and true and despite bigger displacement SBs, the 383 remains very popular. If you want to save gas, go to taller gear ratio such as 3.23. The 383 will still get you around quite swiftly even with tall gearing
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My 383 has been running for 20+ years on a street car. Only issues were standard things with any car: belts, bad spark wires, 2 destroyed transmissions that didn't handle the torque. That efi should make it flawless. Good luck with the speeding tickets
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