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Old 10-02-2002, 07:50 AM
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Does anybody know where I can get my hands on a 1961 or 1962 Chevy 283? I want to build it to a 302 and need this heavy casting so I can bore it to 4.000.

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Actually all of the 283's back to '57 were the good, heavy castings. I think the early '57 283 still had the clunky oil filter system that mounted on the firewall, so you would want to stay away from that one. (Besides the restoration guys probably have gathered all of those units for their "correct" restorations). You might also be on the look-out for an early 327 small journal block, that way you wouldn't have to bore it so far. OR, with all the companies that are now producing crankshafts, you might be able to find a crank to fit a 350 block with 3.000" stroke. You are on the right track, 302" makes for one bada** engine, especially in a light car with 4 or 5 speed. good luck.
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I have an early 283 block that came out of a Poor Boys race car (running good) and I took the big valve 327 heads. I think its bored .30 over, but never checked it. Yours for $100 if you come and get it. I really don't want the hassle of shipping.
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The best block to use is the chevy 2 block it is stamped with the numeral 62 on the side of the block.Anything from their after also used the better casting.This block will also have the good crank to.I think the cast cranks came out right about 65 or so.
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The BEST block to use when building a 302 Chevrolet is the early (63 to 67) 327 block. It is already 4.00 bore.

And if I had a choice....take one from a Chevy II. They are spin on filter motors while the rest use the old fashined canister style filter.
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I believe all 283 V8s had steel cranks. The cast cranks came out in the 327s. My son's 57 has a steel crank small journal 327 in it, but we were unable to decipher the code on the block. It runs pretty strong, but of he's not allowed to know that!
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One more thing. In 1970 I bought a 51 Henry J out of a junkyard in George Wallace's hometown in Barbour County, Alabama for $35.00.
Had a '57 Cadillac 365 V8 w/2-4bbls, and turbohydramatic. Radiused the rear wheel wells (with a torch, of course), and stared to assemble that scary baby. When I was in high school in 1966 in Fayetteville NC a guy had an HJ with a 348 4spd in it. It was such a cool car!!
Well, I was in the service (USCG) and had 6 or 7 cars at any time at the base. Got orders, had to choose, put HJ up for sale. no takers. Slid the little darling into the bottom of Lake Eufaula on the ALA-GA border, ALA side. Said a few words and left the scene.
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