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Old 01-31-2003, 12:10 PM
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Hi everyone I'm new to the board how's everyone doing. I see alot of seasoned drag racing people on this board so any help is greatly appreciated. My brother and I are newbies to the drag racing field and are attempting to make our 68 camaro an all motor monster. We bought the car in decent condition less the motor so we are searching the net looking for info on motor combos. We decided to go carburated small block all motor because our pockets aren't too deep. First off we are looking for a good foundation small block. We were checking out this company called Scoggin Dickey performance center. <a href="http://www.sdpc2000.com" target="_blank">www.sdpc2000.com</a> Has anyone heard about these guys??
They have a dart m block for high performance small block applications but there are a couple variations that i'm not too familiar with. There are blocks with 350 and 400 mains with steel and ductile caps,which one of these is better for a 10 second set up? If anyone has any suggestions on a good source for a block, or any advice at all that would be great.Thanks

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Old 01-31-2003, 12:41 PM
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hey rookie racer, you cant be doing too bad on the cash if you are looking at a 1,500-2,000 dollar block {plus shipping}. If your only looking for 10 second power then a 350 factory block should suffice. just have it machined properly,Find a block in the junkyard, magnaflux bore,torque plate hone,take to zero deck,get some 4 bolt splayed caps, and the front main cap,line bored, ARP main studs,and that should darn near cut that cost in half my 350 is going in here soon enough and its going to cost roughly 650 for all that{i provide the main caps}. I dont know alot about 400 motors other than i hear they run hot,they need steam holes drilled in the heads and the main webbing is weak. Is this going to be street driven at all or a drag only? Oh yeah, the difference between 350 and 400 mains is the crankshaft main bearing journal diameter is bigger on the 400. Standard 350 mains are 2.1" and 400 i believe are 2.3" So basically their asking if your going to run a 350 journal crank or a 400 journal crank.

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Thanks for your help that 400 your building is that for street or strip? What are the specs?
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its a 350 and its going to be dual purpose, my goal is to run a solid cam mid 11's 355 on 92 octane in a 3350 lb 73 nova, take it to all the cruise nights and be able to drive it anywhere. Then again im not like everyone else im running the ultimate sin.....a manual transmission,a 5 speed at that,with {gasp} a v-gate shifter and im not going to build it for "torque". All the people including magazines tell you "get cubic inches" they might be right to some extent but they run automatics and they must have lost their balls in the 80's cause there is only one thing to do with a small block chevy wind the hell out of it, and throw a manual gearbox behind it. If you want torque build a big block and run an automatic,you want to wind her go small block plain and simple. I say with a camaro lighten it up a little, run a small block save some money and kick some *** .
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