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Old 03-29-2003, 02:23 PM
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Where can I find information on a mexican 350ci motor. Not necessary the ones that came in the mexican monte carlo. The casting number is 10066036.

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the only thing i have been told about the mexico blocks is they are either full nickel blocks or a higher percentage of nickel. supposedly alot stronger.
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Thats good! Thanks for the info. Anyone else have any info for me? maybe some links?
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Will not be full nickle. High nickle is good : full nickle is bad.

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Well does anyone have any info on these!?
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I HAVE A MEXICAN [TARGET MASTER ] 350 AND THEY SUPPOSEDLY HAVE 260 HP AND 350 LB FT TORQUE. THE ONE I HAVE IS A 94 AND I HAVE A HOLLEY 750 ON IT WITH HEADERS IN A 86 SHORT BED W/ A 700R4 AND IT'LL ROLL OUT FOR A STOCK MOTOR!
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We have done several, all were the worst quality blocks i've ever seen, one was a new crate bare block purchased from Summit and had to be returned, the castings look like they were cast in beach sand, and this particular block had MAJOR core shift and two cylinders were total junk. as for high nickle content, I seriously doubt it.
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I saw one of the mexican blocks yesterday.It had dual dipstick holes,the oil drain back holes behind the timing cover were square instead of round like the old ones.
And For some strange reason I noticed that there were a bunch of 1/8" tall dimples in the lifter valley above the #1 cylinder

I always heard those were good blocks but judging from what I seen it look like a poor casting.
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Hrmm thats funny then because hot rod did a build up with one and made power VERY easily. All they did was add vortec heads, vortec intake, a 750 carb, Comp 268 cam with 1.6 roller rockers, asnd headers and make 408hp and 416lb-ft.
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Not to discredit Hot Rod, but it has been a long practice among manufacturers that they always give the magazines test cars "prepped" to give the best results. I know, I owned the Factory 428CJ Mustang Mach I, for 20 years, that was tested by Car Life and several other magazines that consistently turned low 13's. I raced it for several years and with minor tweaks recorded high 12's several times(still have the timing slips). When I pulled it down years later (an ugly story as to why) I found that it had been balanced and blueprinted, and I was the first private owner. So it wouldn't surprise me if ,unless they purchased it anonomously, that they got the best block that could be located, hardly representative.
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Quality control does not affect HP only longevity, if the boys say they are crappy castings then I would be satisfied with that. If the castings are junk then you risk other problems when it comes time to overbore or put power into the block that a conventional Chevy block has been proven to be able to accomodate. 400 HP does not even come close to what a standard Chevy block is capable of, core shift will prevent this.

Sounds like the Mexican blocks are typical of the quality I have come of expect of tortilla shells from that country.
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The v-cover to pan 350 crate motor shown in this link, sells for a little over $1500 complete - no core charge. That a little spendy considering I've seen 'em go for $1250 here locally.

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Just because the casting arn't smooth doesn't mean that it isn't strong right? I did hear that those blocks wern't very think though but the high nickel content makes up for it. Plus they are 4 bolt mains. I am sure this puppy can handle no more than 400hp easily...what do you think? I know someone that has one and it seems to be working good for him...although he didn't modify it at all.
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"Just because the casting arn't smooth doesn't mean that it isn't strong right?"

To a certain degree, your right. But if the clowns at the foundry are just knocking the cast flash off with a ten pound hammer, that a red flag as to the workmanship that went into the machine work too. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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