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Old 03-19-2013, 11:28 AM
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Marine 454 in a 55'

I have a chance to buy a 454 marine engine just pulled from a freshwater boat, for $1,700 (Low hours). The owner says it has 330 horsepower and the cylinder cranking pressure is 180 lbs. in each cylinder (Sounds high).
Not being a Marine mechanic, I was wondering if this would be a good choice to put in my recently purchased 55' Chevy with a Turbo 350 or 400 trans
and a 9" Ford rear-end (3:73). I'm looking for low-end torque, not high-revving horsepower. The water pump and exhaust manifolds need changing, maybe the cam & distributor too. Adding to that the carb is probably set-up differently, but I'm wondering about the back of the crankshaft mating to the flywheel. Water circulation I'm told, may be difficult because of the way marine engines flow (Even though the engine turns clockwise) and what about heater hose outlets.
I'm looking for someone that is sure about these questions... Thanks.
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