Originally Posted by AutoGear
Why saddle yourself with the stock block? I have never, will never understand this. Get a Dart Little M or an SHP block. Throw down at least 396 cid. up to say 427cid. This gives you room to grow (I believe up to 454)
Save the numbers matching stuff for garage art until you sell the car. If you chuck a rod through your numbers matching block....good luck. Paint your little M block orange and 99% of people would never notice.
Yes its more money; the motor will have better manners, make more power, be stronger and give you the peace of mind that its not going to come apart at the seams. Good seasoned blocks with minimal coreshift are getting hard to find these days; and you want to avoid the thinner castings.
Or you could find a boatyard and get a 502 mercruiser motor; change the cam and intake and get awfully close to your goal
You don't understand not having an extra grand lying around? I wish we could all find that hard to understand.
This can be and has been done with a stock block, stock crank, even stock rods if you so choose. You can use stock lifters, stock lt1 pistons, and if you're really good a highly modified set of stock heads and intake.
Sure using all of that takes a lot of time and skill but if you have it it saves money. If you don't have time and skill it'll be expensive.