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chevy V-8 in a datsun 510?

hey all, i am planning on purchasing a datsun 510 shortly and am looking at possible engine choices. i have been considering chevy V-8's. any thoughts or pointers on what will give me high power output while maintaining a low gross vehichle weight and most importantly, physically fitting in the engine bay would be greatly appreciated. i have seen a build using a chevy 305 but have also heard that wont produce near as much power as i might have hoped for. thanks!
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305s are good for cruising or for something like a Tbucket. But a 383 has the same envelope dimensions and makes twice the power reliably.

Alternatives? Turbo EcoTec 4cyl. Turbo 4.3 (GMC Syclone) or Turbo 3.8 (Grand National) or the 3800SC (3.8L supercharged motor) all from GM

What about a Turbo Dodge 2.2L? Bolts to a dakota 5sp

Theres a Toyota 4cylinder from pick up trucks that makes good power too

Ford 2.3 SOHC turbos?
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The most popular swap in those is the sr20det end will give you more than enough power for that light car.
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A Chevy V8 in a car that small would most likely throw the weight balance way off. Personally I would look for a lightweight aluminum turbo charged engine. Or what about a aluminum Buick / Rover v8?
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chevy V-8 in a datsun 510?

There is a Chevy 265 in a Datsun pickup here and according to the owner/driver it has performed flawlessly for 40,000+ miles.
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hey all, i am planning on purchasing a datsun 510 shortly and am looking at possible engine choices. i have been considering chevy V-8's. any thoughts or pointers on what will give me high power output while maintaining a low gross vehichle weight and most importantly, physically fitting in the engine bay would be greatly appreciated. i have seen a build using a chevy 305 but have also heard that wont produce near as much power as i might have hoped for. thanks!
Most all small block Chevies made between 1955 and today are basically the same size motor, so it would make sense to begin with the largest block and crank size. The 305 was engineered for fuel mileage, with a very small 3.736" cylinder bore and 3.480" stroke (same as 350 Chevy). On the other end of the spectrum, the 400 was produced with a 4.125" bore and 3.750" stroke and was meant to power land barges in the Chevy lineup due to the torque available from it.

In my opinion, if you use a larger motor to begin with, such as a 406 or 383, you'll be way ahead of the game. You won't need as much static compression ratio or a big, lumpy cam or stiff gears. Build for power from just off idle to 5500 and have fun.
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i think alum heads, intake, waterpump and lightweight starter can keep the weight down for a sbc.


Also, i think the chevy 60 degree v-6 seems like a good combo and popular with this chassis?
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