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Old 01-12-2003, 09:59 AM
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Question big block or small block chevy

I was curious what everyone thought on the big vs. small debate . I have a 69 nova that has the mounting for a big block already . However some say put a small block in this car . I already do have a virgin 396 block out of a chevelle I was considering building . Also does anyone know the approximate weight of my car complete . Thanks for any suggestions.

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From 1969 chassis service manual.
"Curb weight approximately 2920 lbs.4 door sedan with L-4 engine:3050 lbs.with L-6 engine;3175 lbs. with V-8 engine.Vehicle dimensions Nova.
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Dude, Stick with a small bock several reasons.
PARTS WAY WAY WAY cheaper
They get as much respect as a big block if build correctly and Small blocks are lighter

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They are cheaper to build and yes you can make up to the same amount of hp , but what about the instant torque with building a big block and with the nova i am not to worried about weight and is a 369 a good choice for a big block or do you get the bigger cubes with a 454 or the troublesome 427
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Old 01-12-2003, 12:38 PM
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I mean 396 must have other things on my mind
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A bad running Big Block can out run a good running Small Block.A bad running Small Block cant out run a good running Big Block. Something to consider
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Well, $ for $ the small block wins hands down. No way can you spend equal amounts on a bb as compared to a sb and , properly built, compete equally. As far as torque, thats one of the things that makes a sb so desirable is its low end (torque) capabilities. Now if your pockets a deep, then spend away and have fun with a bb.
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Theres just something about a BIG BLOCK MAN
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For a daily driver I'd stick with the small block. For the weekend *** kicker, big block!
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If you have the 396 already, GO 4 IT!
You just cant beat the tourque of a big block. HG
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Nice truck dion,Always wanted one.
69YENKONOVA if It's a true yenko don't you want to go Big Block?put a s.b.c.in my camaro and 2 years later I am thinking on going to a B.B.(A.$.A.P.)Save some Money later and do the big block now.Just my opinion.
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[quote]As far as torque, thats one of the things that makes a sb so desirable is its low end (torque) capabilities. <hr></blockquote>

Eh?????????

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I wish it were a yenko but it is a big block car and big blocks are it bit more amiable but what about a hood clearance , I dont want to butcher the hood and i would like to put on a victor jr intake which i hope will work well with 4.11 gears , th400 tranny and a 2500-3000 stall . This car will be a street machine that will hopefully run in the 12s when i take it to the track the odd time . Any suggestions please . I also have an original gm aluminium intake that i believe is off the L-78 , Weiand i believe worth keeping on or go with the victor jr .Thanks
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A bigblock is cheaper.I say build the 396.Dont listen to the bigblock cost me stories.You can make 550 horsepower out of any 396,even the lamest 2 bolt main oval port motor with a stock block,crank,and rods,and stock heads and even stock camshaft and stamped steel rockerarms and single roller timing chain.I built a totally reliable 396 that ran mid 11;s in a 3400# car on raw motor and mid 10's on nitrous all for under $3500.I used a stock 1969 low po 396,rebuilt with the stock crank,stock rods{with arp bolts] and stock replacemnt 396/375 horsepower pistons.I ran the stock oval port heads with the stock 30 year old small valves,I just added a 3 angle valve job and a bowl blend to the ports.I ran a stock oil pump and pan,a stock single roller timing chain,a stock 427 L88 camshaft{kinda big but it worked,I could have ran smaller},stock replacement pushrods and stamped steel rockers,with a dual plane weiand intake and 850 double pumper carb,drop in HEI performance distributor,an 1 3/4" cheapie headers.Now to do that with a smallblock would normally require aftermarket heads,a fairly radical cam,a stout bottom end,and a few more rpm's then the 396 would need to run.The entire engine minus the carb and nitrous was under $3500,and I couldnt kill it.I sold it to a guy who put it in a big pulling truck and it is still running today.Good luck.
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