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Old 01-05-2013, 06:19 PM
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Are parts still available for this engine, I do not remember it from my youth
454's,427's,396's don't remember a 402, small block 400 but not a BB
parts are not a problem, everything is interchangable, heads,intake, cams, rods, all external parts. i have a .030 over 396 with 1/4" longer connecting rods and a set of forged pistons, with oval port heads. torque is unreal, build it and have fun.

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.. I think Chevy didn't like giving away 4 cubic inches to GTO and 442 400's... so enlarged 396 to 402... but kept popular SS396 name to 'stay under' GM's 400" in mid size cars limit...

.. I had a '57 Olds 98 2-door as a teenager... dark grey metallic color with a hint of green in it... 4bbl. 371" 277HP 4-speed Hydramatic... ran pretty good with dual glasspack exhaust and Atlas Bucron tires... previous owner may have put a cam in it... ran better than it seemed like it should... wish I could have kept it... had similar classic lines as a '57 Chevy... maybe even sleeker... but it overheated above 60 MPH for very long and I needed a more dependable car to drive 100 miles to college at GMI... now I know it may have merely needed that spring in the lower radiator hose...!!

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.. I think Chevy didn't like giving away 4 cubic inches to GTO and 442 400's... so enlarged 396 to 402... but kept popular SS396 name to 'stay under' GM's 400" in mid size cars limit...

.. I had a '57 Olds 98 2-door as a teenager... dark grey metallic color with a hint of green in it... 4bbl. 371" 277HP 4-speed Hydramatic... ran pretty good with dual glasspack exhaust and Atlas Bucron tires... previous owner may have put a cam in it... ran better than it seemed like it should... wish I could have kept it... had similar classic lines as a '57 Chevy... maybe even sleeker... but it overheated above 60 MPH for very long and I needed a more dependable car to drive 100 miles to college at GMI... now I know it may have merely needed that spring in the lower radiator hose...!!
Had a '54 Chevy right out of high school with a 371 Olds and a hydro behind it. That was a scarey ride, as it always seemed too front heavy. But it sure smoked the tires from a dead stop!
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One of my friends that I grew up with bought a 1972 SS Chevelle 402 brand new. The color was Flame Orange Metallic with black stripes. I always liked the Chevelles from 1968-1972.
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The change caused a lot of confusion at the part stores back in the day.
.. LOL! Walk into a parts store today and try and buy something as simple and common as a SBC rocker arm...
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One of my friends that I grew up with bought a 1972 SS Chevelle 402 brand new. The color was Flame Orange Metallic with black stripes. I always liked the Chevelles from 1968-1972.

.. I don't remember anything fondly from 1972 to 1976, the Dark Ages of Engines, when cars had wimpy power and dropped from 17-18 MPG down to 9-10 MPG... well, my '74 Pinto 4-banger got 15 MPG... but 3 years later the Pinto 'Pony' was at 30 MPG and more power as well and things started looking up again...
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