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01-08-2013 02:39 PM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by cdminter59 View Post
One of my friends that I grew up with bought a 1972 SS Chevelle 402 brand new. The color was Flame Orange Metallic with black stripes. I always liked the Chevelles from 1968-1972.

.. I don't remember anything fondly from 1972 to 1976, the Dark Ages of Engines, when cars had wimpy power and dropped from 17-18 MPG down to 9-10 MPG... well, my '74 Pinto 4-banger got 15 MPG... but 3 years later the Pinto 'Pony' was at 30 MPG and more power as well and things started looking up again...
01-08-2013 02:29 PM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by BOBCRMAN@aol.com View Post
The change caused a lot of confusion at the part stores back in the day.
.. LOL! Walk into a parts store today and try and buy something as simple and common as a SBC rocker arm...
01-07-2013 02:40 PM
cdminter59
402 chevy

One of my friends that I grew up with bought a 1972 SS Chevelle 402 brand new. The color was Flame Orange Metallic with black stripes. I always liked the Chevelles from 1968-1972.
01-07-2013 08:59 AM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
.. I think Chevy didn't like giving away 4 cubic inches to GTO and 442 400's... so enlarged 396 to 402... but kept popular SS396 name to 'stay under' GM's 400" in mid size cars limit...

.. I had a '57 Olds 98 2-door as a teenager... dark grey metallic color with a hint of green in it... 4bbl. 371" 277HP 4-speed Hydramatic... ran pretty good with dual glasspack exhaust and Atlas Bucron tires... previous owner may have put a cam in it... ran better than it seemed like it should... wish I could have kept it... had similar classic lines as a '57 Chevy... maybe even sleeker... but it overheated above 60 MPH for very long and I needed a more dependable car to drive 100 miles to college at GMI... now I know it may have merely needed that spring in the lower radiator hose...!!
Had a '54 Chevy right out of high school with a 371 Olds and a hydro behind it. That was a scarey ride, as it always seemed too front heavy. But it sure smoked the tires from a dead stop!
01-07-2013 03:00 AM
BuzzLOL .. I think Chevy didn't like giving away 4 cubic inches to GTO and 442 400's... so enlarged 396 to 402... but kept popular SS396 name to 'stay under' GM's 400" in mid size cars limit...

.. I had a '57 Olds 98 2-door as a teenager... dark grey metallic color with a hint of green in it... 4bbl. 371" 277HP 4-speed Hydramatic... ran pretty good with dual glasspack exhaust and Atlas Bucron tires... previous owner may have put a cam in it... ran better than it seemed like it should... wish I could have kept it... had similar classic lines as a '57 Chevy... maybe even sleeker... but it overheated above 60 MPH for very long and I needed a more dependable car to drive 100 miles to college at GMI... now I know it may have merely needed that spring in the lower radiator hose...!!
01-05-2013 06:19 PM
crossfire84
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Originally Posted by Cliff jones View Post
Are parts still available for this engine, I do not remember it from my youth
454's,427's,396's don't remember a 402, small block 400 but not a BB
parts are not a problem, everything is interchangable, heads,intake, cams, rods, all external parts. i have a .030 over 396 with 1/4" longer connecting rods and a set of forged pistons, with oval port heads. torque is unreal, build it and have fun.
01-02-2013 05:13 PM
1971BB427 I never take a camera when I go John. I just don't think of it, and I'm always having fun visiting with friends and new faces when I'm there.
01-02-2013 02:55 PM
John long GREAT PICTURES! Thanks for posting. They bring back good memories.

John L
01-02-2013 02:47 PM
1971BB427 That Olds is beautiful John!
Here's a link to somebody's pics from a recent Beaches Cruise:
"Beaches" cruise in at PIR - FSB Forums
01-02-2013 01:42 PM
John long When that started at the Beaches Restaurant in Vancouver it was a great little cruise but grew so quickly it soon became unmanageable at the restaurant. I had this Olds at the time and just loved the cruise. Hardly ever missed one.

John L

01-02-2013 11:51 AM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
I understand. BTW I lived in Vancouver, Wa for several years until 2001. we probably rubbed shoulders at the Beaches Cruise in. I really looked forward to them on Wednesdays.

John L
I bet we did John! I missed a number of them when I worked, but the last couple years since I retired I try not to miss any! Seeing 1200-1500 cars at a Wed. weekly cruise still amazes me! And I love the option of watching the drags going on at PIR at the same time!
01-02-2013 11:13 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
From what I've seen at forums, we're in the minority John! And if I wasn't in Oregon, I'd take one off his hands too!
I understand. BTW I lived in Vancouver, Wa for several years until 2001. we probably rubbed shoulders at the Beaches Cruise in. I really looked forward to them on Wednesdays.

John L
01-02-2013 11:04 AM
1971BB427 From what I've seen at forums, we're in the minority John! And if I wasn't in Oregon, I'd take one off his hands too!
01-02-2013 10:34 AM
John long I thought when I posted my comment I would take some flack for it. It is nice to see someone else agrees with me 1971BB427.

John L
01-02-2013 10:26 AM
1971BB427 I love the old 396/402, and 427 ci engines! I know everyone today seems to have a love affair with big cubic inch engines, whether they are SBC or BBC, but I like the way these old BBC engines perform. I also like that they are all internally balanced.
I really don't know why Chevy decided to up the 396 to a 402, but I'm guessing it simply sounded better to go over 400 ci displlacement. It definitely caused confusion, especially in trucks! At one time they had Chevy PU's with both the 400 sbc, and 402 bbc, and both carried the fender emblem of "400" on the outside.
I hope on my next hotrod build I will get a 454 base engine, and drop a 396/402/427 style crankshaft assembly in it to make it a 427.
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