396 SBC Build
Origionaly I thought it would be cool to build a 427 SBC and put the 427 emblems on my Gen I Camaro. Get some people scratching there head a bit. Soon after I realized the Gen I never came with a 427 only a 396 so change of plan lets do the same deal but with the 396 ... make it a little more true to the year, ha!
The question becomes do I build a stroked 350 up to a 396, or build a destroked 400 down to a 396. I have both blocks sitting in my shop so getting a 400 isn't a problem. It's more a question of ease, cost and reliability ... oh and performance!
Build it to a 383 or 400 and call it what you like. Chevy built 402's and called them 396's, why not you?
Always begin with the most cubic inches you can muster if you're looking for a combination that will pull like Jack the Bear on pump gas. My best advice for a street or street/strip motor would be to look for a combo that makes at least 400ft/lbs of torque at 2000 rpm, then reaches peak torque at 3500-4500 rpm, depending on the rear gear ratio.
There are a couple of 400 combos on this list of motors that I Dyno-simmed.
There are 108 combinations listed here. Knock yourself out....
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