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cmb8065 01-19-2013 06:48 AM

I'm doing A 400 rebuild
 
I'm rebuilding a 400 ci sb. The heads were cracked and I have a good rebuilt set of 350 heads. They don't have the small steam holes like the 400s. Is there any way I can modify them to fit the 400 block? I have a friend who owns a machine shop and can do about any kind of machine work. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

cdminter59 01-19-2013 07:12 AM

I'm doing a 400 rebuild
 
All you need is a set of 400 head gaskets. Here is a Wiki article on drilling the steam holes in the 350 heads. http://www.crankshaftcoalition.com/w...ck_Chevy_heads

vinniekq2 01-19-2013 07:51 AM

with the price of after market heads so reasonable,now is the time to step the engine up?

lhmurphy 01-20-2013 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by cmb8065 (Post 1636450)
I'm rebuilding a 400 ci sb. The heads were cracked and I have a good rebuilt set of 350 heads. They don't have the small steam holes like the 400s. Is there any way I can modify them to fit the 400 block? I have a friend who owns a machine shop and can do about any kind of machine work. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

I'm currently running a 406 sbc, my cylinder heads were too thick to drill out the steam holes and I didn't find not having them to hurt anything...I talked to some local guys who have a lot of experience with 400s and they have never had any overheating issues or any issues not using the steam holes...If you can have them drilled for cheap, personally I would do it just bc GM did.

327NUT 01-20-2013 02:22 PM

You didn't say which 350 heads you have but if they are the generic smoggers I wouldn't waste my time with them....even if you port them. Personaly I would invest in a set of aftermarket heads or Vortec's, don't have to be real expensive, just more modern combustion chamber and ports.
A good set of heads will make or break a perfornance build. Whichever you choose BY ALL MEANS, drill the steam holes, they are there for a reason or Chevrolet wouldn't have spent the time and money.

spinn 01-20-2013 04:40 PM

Cant the cooling hose be run over to the drivers rear, coolant fitting, on the intake? I heard that setup does not need steam holes.

cadillacdave1 01-21-2013 12:20 AM

If you have stock 350 cylinder heads they will fit and run but will end up holding back the HP and torque of a 400. Use an after market head maybe a 195 or 205 AFR or similar size head.


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