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First time building, any tips or suggestions?

Hello, I've decided that I want to try and rebuild a Chevy 350 engine (because theyre so easy to find things for) to acheieve 400hp-450hp. On a budget. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to make this go smoother. Also I don't have a car to put it in yet. At this point I'm just building to build.

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There are literally hundreds of books written about the SBC. One "old standby" is "How to Hot Rod Small Block Chevys". I don't remember the author. Anything written by David Vizard is a good bet, too. There was a time when Scott Parkhurst's stuff was popular, too. The LAST place to look for advice would be a "tech line" from one of the mail order houses.

It's not really a good idea to build an engine without a specific application in mind. Find the car you like first, then build an engine that will make the car do what you want it to. A lighter car needs less torque. A heavier one needs more. There aren't really any satisfactory "generic" builds (IMO). You can collect some parts, but be careful. Decide "street/strip", "street", "race", etc. Like Camaros? G-bodies (IMO, currently the best value for a performance platform)? Corvette? Each of these needs a "different" 350. Small blocks tend to perform best in lighter cars.

Lastly, best advice I can offer, DO NOT choose a machine shop based on "price". You get what you pay for...


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Jim petty much hit it, but you might want to throw buget out the window until you decide what your build will be used in.

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450 horses from 355 cubes is 1.27 hp/cube
Thats a strong engine that needs heads to flow 250 plus CFM,solid or roller cam.fuel management that flows 750 CFM,6500 rpm,headers of 1 5/8s or maybe 1 3/4 inch long tube primaries,proper matched cr and deck heights,premium machine work including balancing
where do you want to cut corners in your budget?
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