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Old 07-19-2005, 07:51 PM
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Chevy 400 Small Block to 350?

I recently purchased a one owner, 1978 Cheyenne, FWD, 400 turbo. The truck is in excellent condition inside and out. The only problem with it is that the small block 400 has a pretty good size hole in the oil pan that indicates an untimely departure of a piston rod. Knowing that I need to replace this engine, I would prefer to replace it with a 350 CID. Can anyone tell me for sure that this will be a straight swap? One of my concerns is the converter/flywheel. Any help would be appreciated.

I also have a 1976 Cheyenne and a 1981 Scottsdale. I have done a lot of restoration work on quite a few trucks, including a 1951 Chevy Suburban. I live in New Mexico and we still have some nice trucks here.

I can be contacted at jdt40u@yahoo.com

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Chris
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I recently purchased a one owner, 1978 Cheyenne, FWD, 400 turbo. The truck is in excellent condition inside and out. The only problem with it is that the small block 400 has a pretty good size hole in the oil pan that indicates an untimely departure of a piston rod. Knowing that I need to replace this engine, I would prefer to replace it with a 350 CID. Can anyone tell me for sure that this will be a straight swap? One of my concerns is the converter/flywheel. Any help would be appreciated.

I also have a 1976 Cheyenne and a 1981 Scottsdale. I have done a lot of restoration work on quite a few trucks, including a 1951 Chevy Suburban. I live in New Mexico and we still have some nice trucks here.

I can be contacted at [email]jdt40u@yahoo.com[/email

Thanks for your help

Chris

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Here is a site for you to read up on. It should answer your questions. http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge...l_block_v8.htm
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If you swap in everything that goes with a 350 (dampener and flywheel/flexplate) you'll be fine as the engine are the same size...

If you have a running 350 you can stick in then i'd say go for it. Though I will say that you could rebuild that 400 with a new bore job and a rebuild kit. It would make a darn nice engine for your truck...

Chris
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not to make you confused..i will be very clear....it is a direct bolt in...all small block chevys will bolt in...the 400 does have a diferent flywheel and balancer...so when you get the 350 make sure you use 350 balancer -flywheel or it will have a nasty vibration
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