the 396 is an awesome engine, people these days are so into the 502 and bigger. they make the torque but so does a will built 396. i have a 396 going in my 50 Chevy p/u truck. a mild .060 over bore, been checked good for at least .125 over. the great thing is you can find steel cranks on ebay for $ 100 or less, try that for a 454/502 not likely. i bought my 396 short block with steel crank for $80 on ebay lol. again try doing that with 454 or bigger. this 396 will run with the big dogs. go for it.