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Old 02-12-2005, 07:20 PM
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383 stroker kit "vs" YOUR INPUT

383 stroker assembly/variant to their suggestions
Hello all:

And thanks for the site!
The rotating assembly that they used in this build (www site below), is what i have ordered. Im not looking to do any racing
with the vehicle im putting it in, other than stomping it to go around the hundreds of mini-vans in the left lane. I got it for the low end grunt...
Now i have questions
Based on the expansive knowledge i've read in this site, I would like to alter their build only slightly for longevity, and possibly more torque, but without much more investment.
What i've read is that it would be wise to use roller rockers, roller cam and solid lifters!
(1). Is their selection of cam/lifter combination optimum?
And I was leaning towards the vortec heads they mention, But as i haven't bought the heads as of yet, Are they on the right track for those also, Im not against changing heads to accomadate a change of cam/lifter configeration.
I also am having a stock fourbolt main/2pc rear seal 350 shipped at this time too.
This will be my first real build, so be gentle...
The vehicle is a 1951 chev sedan deliveryw/upgraded 700r4 trans and 3:73 rearend

Any suggestions you have i thank ya now and would love to discuss em, Im open to the machining of the block suggestions, im wanting to do this right, by not throwing money at... but knowledge gathered...
THE SITE OF THE KIT http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/116_0412_powr/

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Old 02-12-2005, 08:18 PM
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They built it right. And i have mentioned this place a couple of times on this board. http://www.enginekits.com/ek/ They have changed their site since the last time i was there, i keep their catalog on my computer.

That cam is the same one i got from them for a 350 S-10 build i did. I was not real fond of the sound at idle which was a plop-plop sound as most cams this size tend to make but it ran superb.

I did not have the vortec heads then, only a good set of 882s.

Also they suprised me with the pistons i ordered. Not only were they full floater but they were balanced, a note with each stating the wieght! And check out their head prices too! Bottom of page 3 on the retail catalog (pdf)

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Old 02-12-2005, 08:36 PM
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This is the kit I used to build my 400. You can beat the parts for $700. On top of that I lucked out and got a set of Sportsman IIs for $300 off of a friend of mine. If you look around there are some good deals out there.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...911861867&rd=1
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To begin with, Thanks for the reply: NXS and lluciano77
Im glad i fell into a good deal.
And yes i did opt for the balancing option they offered. I figgered i couldnt go wrong by that price.

I was just concerned with build sheet.. seeing how i have a limited knowledge... for what im wanting to push with it, it seemed a good foundation/price for me to get my feet wet and still come out with my shirt.

Thanks again guys...
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Old 02-12-2005, 09:01 PM
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I assmebled my engine. I did a lot of reading and research first. There are a lot of things you can do to make the engine work better.

Offsetting the rear main seal is one. Using the Fel-Pro gasket with the revised cooling passage is another.

When you assemble yourself, you can be sure all the clearances were right. A machinist won't give your engine the TLC that you will. They might not torque the bolts the way they are supposed to be torqued, etc. Plus you will save $300 to $500 bucks.
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