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Old 01-21-2004, 05:58 PM
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New to board and cars!!!!

Hello, I am new to this board, and new to cars. But do have some exsperience with cars So some of my question my be stupid. I have had my 1983 trans am for about 6 years now, it was my first car. Anyways I always wanted to redo my car and the engine. So after getting enough guts to start in on it, I tore it apart about two months ago, after talking to a bunch of different people and reading many things.
My first question is I bought a 383 stroker kit for my 83 chevy 350 two bolt. The engine is .030 over, with stock heads and I have a 750 edelbrock carb. and a torker II manifold with air gap. The stroker kit cam with everything I needed.

ē The cranks stroke is 3.750
ē rods 5.7 forged I-beam
ē silvolite claimer pistons

ē cam- lobe lift INT. 312 EXH. 320
valve lift with 1.5 Ratio INT. 468 EXH. 480
Duration @. .050" INT. 222 EXH. 231
advertised duration @. 006 INT. 306 Exh. 287

The kit came with everything else just didnít want to type and donít know if it matters to put it on here. I am new to cars so I just wanted to know if I bought a good kit to put in, and wanted to know if I can make very much power even though I have stock heads on it. This summer I plane on buying some heads anyway, just got to save up. My other question is, with my pistons and rods. Do I have to take them to the machine shop to get them put together, because I cant find the lock didnt know if the lock wasnt there because im supposed to take it to the shop. I still have to go to the shop anyway to get the block worked on just have to get the money. Any other advice would be greatly appreceated, im just trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can. I am good with my hands and know the baisics with cars and with engines. I know some people that work on cars but I donít think they know to much about cars, and I donít want to mess up my car.

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welcome to the board.

Your parts sound good. Just remember, you'll have to clearance your block at the bottom of the bores. Also, watch your quench area when you get head gaskets and make sure you have enough compression to match that cam.
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Hi T-bird... Funny name for a guy with a GM product

I 'm kinda new too, but you will find most these guys are pretty knowledgeble. Brave Man building your own heads. Thats one thing I will never buy in pieces. Heads and Carbs are black magic to me. I did a lot of research before I made the decision to purchase a crate motor for my vette. High Performance engines are pretty finky and they want parts that work well with each other. The best way to build a strong engine is to copy what has been already proven. Find some build up in books or magazines and follow the parts to a T. Change one part and all bets are off.

Absorb data from everywhere... Then build away.

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Here is a website that will give you some kind of an idea what different combonations will do as far as torque and hp goes. I would recommend having a machine shop clearance and assemble the short block at least, I have seen alot of people screw motors up trying to put one to gather when they didnt know what they were doing.

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Thanks for all the advice. When i started this whole thing I really didnt know what to buy, and i didnt want to buy parts seperate. I was afraid i would buy parts that didnt go together. I wanted to get a kit so I knew it was supposed to go toether. Its prolly not the greatest set up, but im just getting started and learning. I was going to buy a crate engine but i wanted to learn about it. I always have wanted too, and its exciting for me. I cant wait tell I take the engine and get it worked on then get it back, to work on. Then that blessed day when I start it up and hopfully everything is done right. Im going to talk to the shop to see what else there is to do.

Anyways how do i get the right compression for the cam. and what would be the right compression. Doesnt it have to do something with the space between the piston and the head?

Also thanks for the site to look at anything that i can get helps tramendously!!

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As for the compression, I would talk to the cam company tech line. They should be able to set you up with a cam, compession, convertor, etc. See, it all works together. Match it up and you'll be happy. Dont match it up and it will be a dogg.

Here is a compression ratio calculator:

http://www.prestage.com/Car+Math/Eng...o/default.aspx
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