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Old 02-27-2011, 11:32 AM
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engine combo help

I am looking to build a 355 sbc for my 75 caprice. looking for around 400hp.i have a budget of $3k-$4k.the cheeper the better . good street manners are a must.the car is my weekend driver.so i guess i need someone to help me figure out the right combo.

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Do you think you could pick a car that is a little more sexy and just a bit lighter weight?

You are fighting a up hill battle, $$$ all for not $$$.

Find a RX7 with a blown motor and swap the 350 SBC into it.
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I'd say a 3.75" stroke crank to make it a 383 would be the first place to start. You need torque to get that big barge moving.

A swap to a Big Block would be a smarter move if you are serious about keeping the car for a while.
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Use the search function and punch in Small Block Chevy Build. Take your pick of dozens of recipes for a nice engine.
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first of all i don't find any import sexy.american steel all the way .not a fan of big blocks either.tried the search function,all the builds seem more suited for higher rpms.thought about the 383.but could i stay within my budget.
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About the only way to get that big heavy car going fast with a 350 would be to supercharge it.

Do yourself a favor and first go weight the car+you at a truck or land fill weight scale.

Now you will have a idea of what you are up against.

Power to weight ratio. Lighter car weight is cheaper if you want to go fast.
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not really looking to go fast.the car is more of a weekend cruiser.just wanting to have some more power when i put it down.400 hp was just a ballpark figure,if i can't achive then i would like to get as close as i can.
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There are several 383SBC crate engines on eBay for $3-4000 shipped. Several reputable builders. I think even year one has a 400+HP crate for that price. Just add a carb, distributor, headers and maybe a water pump and you're good to go.

Could be a nice sleeper with a small N2O kit. But please tell us it ain't getting 24"s and a lift...
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So really you have no intention to actually go fast, you just want a quick
thrill, on demand. Get a nitrous system.
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thanks will take a look.and i would never put 24's on anything.and no spray either.
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