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View Poll Results: Keep the 396 or build a 454?
396 7 38.89%
454 11 61.11%
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Old 06-23-2003, 01:35 AM
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396 vs 454

I have a question for you guys. I have a 69 chevelle SS 396 with the 396 in it and running......stock. I dont know if I should Build up the 396 or juse use the money and build a 454 and swap them out?

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Old 06-23-2003, 02:35 AM
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I`d say it depends if you want to keep the car original or not, or just keep the original engine around in case you want to make it back original in the future. the 396 is really non existant anymore, mostly because it`s easier and cheaper to build a small block with more inches and about 200 less pounds.
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Agreed, with above, it depends on your goal. A 69 Chevelle with the original 396 is worth a considerable sum. What ever you do, I would most definatly hold on to the 396.

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Old 06-23-2003, 07:31 AM
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I pulled the 396 out of my 69 camaro,and installed a 454. I used the cam,heads,intake and carberater from the 396 in the 454,And stored the 396 short block. Can`t till much diff.

Just finished my 69 chevelle ss conv. Rebuilt the org. 396, the cost of parts for the 396 is higher than the 454.
I wanted it to be org. runs perfect.(see pic. albumn)

I think a 350hp.or 375hp 396 runs as good as a stock 454,
feels a little quicker.????????????

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Old 06-23-2003, 07:41 AM
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Keep the 396.Rebuild it,stick a cam and headers on it.Save the origanal manifolds in the garage for the #s thing.
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Old 06-23-2003, 08:44 AM
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Hmm, being a Ford Guy I'll put it in terms I can understand. Should I run my 66 Ford with the original 352, or shove a 428 into it?..... 428, no question. Put original 396 valve covers air cleaner, and other non critical ID stuff onto the 454, let the tire kickers think it's a 396.

If your Chevelle is original, or close to it, stay with the 396, If not, run the 454, save the 396. Don't cut any body panels so that you could go back to original if necessary
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Old 06-23-2003, 12:32 PM
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Biggar is onto something...go 454 with 396 ID's. sleeper-like.
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Old 06-23-2003, 04:11 PM
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If its a numbers matching car I'd keep the 396. If you really need the extra cubes use a 454 but don't sell the 396 the car will be worth more if the engine is the original one.


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Old 06-23-2003, 06:59 PM
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You already have the 396... if you were to be choosing between which engine to buy I'd say 454
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I think the thing to do.
#1 rebuild 396.
#2 keep the 396 in the chevelle.
#3 Buy 454.
#4 build 454.
#5 buy another 69 chevelle.
#6 drive em like you stole em.
P.S.my 454 scares me sometimes...
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Old 06-25-2003, 02:51 AM
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A crate motor costs about the same as a performance build, and that way you wont ruin a perfectly good matching numbers engine. just preserve it in the shop and throw in a good built engine. contact all chevy engines, he has some good deals: like http://www.allchevyengines.com/454-600.htm a 600 Hp aluminum headded 454 for 6000, no exchange, tere are the specs
454 Gen IV 4 bolt main block
Forged steel crankshaft (4.0 inch stroke)
Forged "H beam" connecting rods (6.385)
JE/SRP pistons, 10.5:1 compression
Comp Cams "solid roller" camshaft (650 lift, 260 dur at 50)
Cloyes double roller timing set
Clevite77 bearings
Melling Oil Pump and shaft
Fel-Pro gaskets
PRO TOPLINE "Pro Thunder" cast iron 320cc rectangle port heads
New Manley stainless 2.25" intake valves
New Manley stainless 1.88" exhaust valves
CompCams valve springs
CompCams 3/8" pushrods
Crane roller rockers
Oil pan, timing cover and chrome valve covers
New GM harmonic balancer
New SFI flexplate (std trans flywheel extra)
Balanced, blueprinted and assembled
only $5999 (no exchange required)

that is about the same as you can buy the parts for!! and it has a dyno sheet and a warranty!
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Old 06-25-2003, 11:30 AM
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Pull the 396 and store it , put a 496 stroker in it's place. When people ask what it is just mumble the 4 real soft so all they hear is the "96" part. Let 'em make their own conclusions.

If you ever want it stock freshen up the 396 and put it back in. Just my $.02.
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Old 06-25-2003, 01:21 PM
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i have two friends who are twins. both have 69 SS elkies that had the 396. both pulled and stored the engines and put 454's in their places. both say the 454 romps all over the 396. my2$
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I'm currently doing that to a Vette, the L82 350 is on a pallet, I built a studley 454 to go in. saved all SB parts to go with it if I sell the car. I understand the originality concept, but it would depend on the car. would I worry about going to town on a 6 cylinder 65 mustang? are you kidding? they made about a half a million of them, do with it as you see fit.
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