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Old 09-03-2003, 05:38 PM
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396ci or 502ci

Hello,

Can you guys help me decide between a 396ci with liteweight rotating assembly with aluminium RPM Edelbrock 6045 or buy the shortblock 502ci with the same heads.

I have a 396 right now that need to be refresh....but I am currius to see how mutch guts it would have with lite crank, rods and pistons.

There is not much off the shelf piston choice for 396ci like JE Ross etc...

Do you think it will cost me less to buy an 502ci and put my aluminium head on it.

Thank you for your input....
Luc

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100 cubes more and new!! 502 !!!
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Yes I now....but I still got 11.91 at 114mph on the quater mile with my 3400 pound camaro 68 with 1.63 60 foot

Do you think it is worth it to rebuild the 396.

Right now I have TRW piston .060 over with .182 dome and stock 3/8 rod and original forged crank.

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396/502

Hi all,

I lurk here a bit now and then but have a bit to say. I just swapped aut the 396 4 speed from my 1965 Impala for a 502/502 and Richmond 5 speed. I cannot believe the difference in power and the 96 did not run bad. If you are going to rebuild things anyway, go with the 502, you will be glad you did. I also notice the difference in front end weight and drivability with the aluminum heads ( I also put on an aluminum water pump.

Hope this helps a bit.
Doug
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