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The Legendary 396 BB

Has anybody ever owned one of these engines? A big block with a short stroke mustve been something.... i ran across one and thought to myself, maybe i should buy it... would you buy one if you could get it for a steal?

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The Legendary 396 BB

That is a hard question to answer for me. If I didn't have a 454 ci I probably would. But if I had a choice between a 396, a 427 or a 454, I would buy the 427 or 454 which ever was in better shape. How good is the deal? What needs to be done to it? You can get a 454 out of a junk yard truck and make more power with it for the same amount of money.
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The only people building 396-402 engines are restorers or people that have no better.

It is cheaper to build a hot engine from a 4.250" bore. Plus most of the better breathing heads are for the larger bores.
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a few hundreds but im pretty sure you can get a 383 to do the same thing as a 396
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I had 2 396/375 hp they were high revving big blocks and would pin your head to the back of the seat! If I could get my hands on one for less then a small fortune I would jump on it! 396/375 hp excellent High RPM, and 427 /425 hp a close second in RPM, a 454 a distant 3rd! My opinion from personnel experience with all three!

I would sway to the 427/ 425 just for the bragging rights though!

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a few hundreds but im pretty sure you can get a 383 to do the same thing as a 396
Yes, and lighter, cheaper
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a few hundreds but im pretty sure you can get a 383 to do the same thing as a 396
Wrong if your talking about a stroked small block! And were talking factory stock production engines not cookie cutter 383 conversions! The 327/350 hp would be a better choice to compare rpm with the 396/375 ( Just comparing RPM) the 375 HP was a very conservative number! or the 302 YZ 370 HP RPM I see by you posts you never rode in one LOL Were not talking 402 that was marketed as a 396 and a 400 in trucks

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a few hundreds but im pretty sure you can get a 383 to do the same thing as a 396
It will perform very nice as a grocery getter.The wife could drive it without fear,have fun
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lol dude i was born in the 80s man and i was referring to the power levels from a 383 is probably close to the 396s
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The only people building 396-402 engines are restorers or people that have no better.

It is cheaper to build a hot engine from a 4.250" bore. Plus most of the better breathing heads are for the larger bores.
The only people building 396s are the lucky ones that can find one! I bet you both have 383 small blocks that's too bad you had to go on a budget! I build 383's and 427s and 396s and 454s I build yz 302s ones going in my wifes comaro and ones in my vett. for my customers and myself and drag raced em and run em on a dyno in the 60s to now!

When did you work for Holley and what plant?. I did too, I also worked at Dick Genthy Chevrolet and, Walt Hickey ford. in the 60s & 70s among others

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lol dude i was born in the 80s man and i was referring to the power levels from a 383 is probably close to the 396s
Nice to be young! I see your a friend of Vinnies, He's a good guy!

You were born too late son! You missed the dawn of the Muscle cars Good luck with your 383 But keep a look out for a good 396 or 427 you can build AND HANG ON TO THE SEAT IF YOUR PANTS WHEN YOU DRIVE IT!

Don't build the 402 It was marketed as a 396 and a 400

If you want good reading look up the Z 16 396 Chevelle !!!
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Had a 396/375hp in my 69 nova SS back in the day. Thats when they built some kickazz cars out of Detroit. Very few rice burners back then.
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anycar can be fast,,
few are quick..
396 and 327 are buzz to the moon rev happy mills..
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The only people building 396s are the lucky ones that can find one! I bet you both have 383 small blocks that's too bad you had to go on a budget! I build 383's and 427s and 396s and 454s I build yz 302s ones going in my wifes comaro and ones in my vett. for my customers and myself and drag raced em and run em on a dyno in the 60s to now!

When did you work for Holley and what plant?. I did too, I also worked at Dick Genthy Chevrolet and, Walt Hickey ford. in the 60s & 70s among others

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I've been in the engine business since the sixties. Back when I was racing I always used big block Chevys. Owned a new 70 COPO 396 (402) /375 Nova. Raced an econo-dragster, gasser, Mod/Production, stock and super/stock classes. Held several local strip records. Loved the 396/375 back in the day. But the day is past. Now it's cubic inches and lower compression. My present Gasser project has a 500 incher waiting to drop in when the weather gets above 45 degrees

As I have stated in other posts. Few people, budget or not, build the small bore engines. I have at least three cleaned/inspected 396 2-bolt blocks. I have tried to sell, off and on, for over ten years. Listed on CL and on Ebay. Only response is for casting/vin numbers. Or offers of less than the cleaning costs.

Decent heads are few and far between for these small bore engines and compression pistons, tho listed by several manufacturers, are not available off the shelf. There goes the budget.

I have built many 383 sbc engines and for a budget streetable ride. They are hard to beat these days.

I never worked for Holley, I did go to their school, offered back in the days that they were owned by Colt industries.
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If you could get it for $200 or $300 ? You could part it out for say $800 to $1000 And take that money and use it to build what to really want. . My 2 cents.
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