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Old 12-19-2002, 09:47 PM
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who has them and where are they hiding them?? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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Look in the wreckers in 70s chev trucks and cars... otherwise watch the classifieds... oh yeah good luck finding a 4 bolt
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I think half of the chev small blocks ever made have been exported to Australia to replace our aging Australian V8's , you're getting your own back with stealing our late 60's to 1970's muscle cars now though
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Check EBay. There's always 400s listed. I search under "Chevy 400". The down side is the prices are high. If you aren't in a hurry, I would wait until next Spring and hit the swap meets. Hemmings has listings of meets in your area. I just picked up a 400 4-bolt, crank, and two balancers here for $150.
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hehehehe....I know where a few are. Maybe even a 4 bolt. My shop behind my house.

The only way I have found them is just by knowing the right people. The hotrod culture around your area is the best place to find parts for projects.


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One of my drivers had one a 4 bolt he was bringing me. I work for a flat bed trucking company. He loaded it up on his trailer and was going to bring on to me. Well he stoped for the night at a truck stop and woke up the next day and it was gone! S.O.B! It was just the block and crank.
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Hee Hee.
Stealing a 400 SBC??!! For Real? That's a drag.

400s aren't that rare, it's just that racers like them. Yes, knowing people definately helps. I snag them whenever I see one just for rebiuildable cores, but I don't find them to be rare, except for the 4 bolt ones. Maybe it's just the CNY winters and salt that make them plentiful.
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I got lucky and found my 4 bolt 400 in a 1970 Impala with a blown tranny for a hundred bucks.
I was also told by a racer I know that he prefers the 2 bolt blocks because the bearing webs are thicker and you can have splayed 4 bolt girdles installed.
But if you have to have a factory 4 bolt 400 look for a casting #3951511.
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i found my 400 4 bolt main at a salvage yard here bought the thing for $375 complete and was vary happy to pay it cause there are almost none aroud here. so far i have spent a ton of money getting this thing souped up and all but i just cant get the carb to run right but oh well maybe one of these days but anyway just keep hittin those yards and maybe you will get lucky
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Finding a 400 here used to be fairly easy, now there scarce, last time I looked for one I had to go 80 miles to get it. I used to complain because I could trip over 350`s, now you can`t find one. we have 3 drag strips and 1 circle track, so that explains the whole deal. I do not know how true this is, but I`ve read to avoid 4 bolt 400 blocks, there more prone to cracking in the main web area. far as I know they only made the 4 bolt in 70, 71 and 72. but if your not planning on making over 500 horses, 2 bolt blocks are fine.
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The the girtles they have out now you can make 2 bolts stronger than 4 bolts and 4 bolts almost indestructabe
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Blocks and more Blocks Here. www.tracyvette.com

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Yes sir on the web cracking. And it's never found until the block's been cleaned. More $'s down the drain.

Out here in the southwest, there are things called "Pick-A-Part"s. These are self service salvage yards. Great places to search for the esoteric. Prices are right, in my area a complete engine sells for $185 outright no matter what it is. Transmissions are $75.
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I have also heard that the 4 bolts will crack easily, but I have also been told they are no different than 350 4 bolts. The cracks supposedly originate where the outer bolt goes through the web. A die grinder is suppose to clear that up area with a good deburr.

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Gee, I put a 1970 400 4-bolt in my 68 Camaro 6 months ago, the crank and heads are mounted with ARP studs, it's got an Eagle 4340 crank, Eagle 6" H-beam rods, an ATI super dampner on the snout, J&E forged pistons,Edelbrock Victor Jr. aluminum heads w/2.08 Int. a Crane solid roller cam/rockers and stud girdles,Victor Jr. intake with a holley 830 carb,it's fired by a locked out Mallory magnetic pick-up dist and Hyfire VII ignition, it's a 4-speed car with the rev limiter set at 7200 RPM's (it' been there several times !) it's a lot of fun and runs like a watch, too bad I'm driving a time-bomb!!!
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