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Old 03-26-2011, 07:21 AM
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I am looking for some pistons that will give me somewhere in the range of 9.1 -1 to 9.5-1 compression. I have already purchased a forged 4.250 crank and 6.385 rods, my block right now is stock 9.80 deck but I'm sure I will need to have machine work done. The heads are stock 781's which I plan to have 2.19/1.88 valves installed and minor port work, to what I have been reading they are around 119cc's. I am planning on using a comp cam 11-432-8 hyd roller camshaft but that also is up for suggestions. The vehicle I am installing this in is a '49 Studebaker which I think weighs around 3200# and has 3.73 gears behind a TH400. I am open to all suggestions in this build and will primarily driven on the streets on 91 pump gas. Thanks, John.

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Here's a suggestion...before you buy any parts or get any machine work done "build" the engine on paper. Formulate a "plan of attack" so to speak so you don't buy parts that don't fit the application you intend using this engine for....daily driver/grocery getter.....weekend cruiser......mostly strip car. Be honest with yourself. I have a great friend/engine builder in Anaheim that could really help you, if you want his info let me know.....Dave
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Dave, Anaheim is right down the street from me. You can email me his info at john.greedy@yahoo.com and I can contact him. Maybe you might want to let him know I will be contacting him. Thanks, John.
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I'll just send you a PM (private message) here on the forum....and for your safety don't publish your email address on a public forum, you just never know who's lurking. I'll send you Jim's info but I will say that not only does he build some ungodly hipo engines he is also one of the most honest guys I have ever met. His shop is near Ball & State College Blvd, I'll let him know you are going to call him......Dave
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Thanks Nut, The shop you are telling me about built a 327 for the first car I ever built and never had any trouble with it . I dont know why I didn't think of giving them a call, but then again that was over 30 years ago. Old Timers setting in. The 327 has always been my engine of choice, thats whats in the pickup I just finished. This time building a Studebaker I just had to do something different. Thanks Dave, John.
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Yep I just sold my beloved 327/700R4....Jim did the machine work on it also. Now installing a 507" Cadillac/400turbo, going in a '32 Victoria...also wanted something "a little" different.
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507 in a Vicky, now thats going to be a tight fit. Do you live in the O.C area?
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