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View Poll Results: What's the better motor?
400 SBC 214 45.63%
383 SBC 160 34.12%
Bore your 383, get a 388 22 4.69%
They're equally good street motors 73 15.57%
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:16 PM
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This has gotten to be one of the dumbest threads going now....I am going to block it from my email.


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yep, Ill have to agree with Chris...

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I've always been partial to the 267 chevys, lots of potential there.
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well it was bound to happen with a thread this long. I think this is still a great thread with a lot of great information. 400 chevies finally got a place to dispel their rumors, and we found a few of them are true too.

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I have to say 383 for a couple of reasons, some technical, some personal. first of all, yes, a 400 is bigger than a 383 but which sounds more intimidating. To me, the #s 383 just look more interesting than 400. I also like the low down torque of the 383. now don't get me wrong, I know the outputs can be very similar, but it just seems to me that of all the engines i've seen, the 383 hit their peak torque #s lower in the rpm range.
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Old 06-07-2004, 09:58 PM
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ok, you've made your point. all i know is when i see a 305 in an s10 beat a 400 in a 55 nomad through the eighth mile, i'm prong to believe it my self. like i said, i;m no expert, sorry i wrote anything, don't worry though, won't do it again. you guys sure are sinical as hell!
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Woah tiger, take what you hear with a grain of salt, few things are truly personal on this site! I think what you're seeing is the classic "power to weight" struggle. An S10 is a very light vehicle, a great build-up for the track. A nomad is an ironclad tank, and unless properly geared, it's liable to lose to anything!

305's are good, reliable motors. THey have a great, flat torque curve, but the small bore, long stroke, small cube combo is a tough starting point, so few try to use them for performance.

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400 400 400 400

so many to choose from pontiac ford chevy definitely the 400
i have a pontiac in the back yard that has been over 135 mph w/350.000 miles

had a 85chevy suburban4x4 B&B400cid roller that got close to 40
MPG and burn all four tires

a weird sound is when you break all 4 loose on daytona pulling someone out ! get them 36 bawling

don't care for the ford 400 cranks break
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somthing smells!!

40 mpg..bullsh..!!2 different worlds but I get 8 gallons to the 1/4 mile...for you.12,maybe 15 ok..yea subject is getting weird!
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glassratt I think his whole post is BS.
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who care

keep you smells to yourself
i wouldn't believe it either cept i was there
see what u cant see the possibility that u can have the best of both worlds
from the power to the gears to the road thats the key
i traveled over 2500 miles on 90 gallons of gas @80 mph
do the math 27 miles to the gallon
sorry ment to say 30 not 40 on the original post

sorry u get 32 gallons to the mile

my pontiac get 18 to 24
so believe it or not dont matter
i know it works thats all that matters
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hey guys lets not get angry about this stuff. Maybe with a two BBL and some tall gears in a light car you could get 25 with a 400, there are lots of variables. It does seem pretty unlinely, though. My 305 in the bird with tall gears does about 20 on the highway, which I think is really good. If you go slower you get better gas mileage too.

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79 z28 mild motor 390 gears i get 9 around town and 11 highway.
thank god i only drive 2 miles a day
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Re: who care

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Originally posted by Rob Keller
keep you smells to yourself
i wouldn't believe it either cept i was there
see what u cant see the possibility that u can have the best of both worlds
from the power to the gears to the road thats the key
i traveled over 2500 miles on 90 gallons of gas @80 mph
do the math 27 miles to the gallon
sorry ment to say 30 not 40 on the original post

sorry u get 32 gallons to the mile

my pontiac get 18 to 24
so believe it or not dont matter
i know it works thats all that matters
I'm sorry but thats most confusing post I've read since I joined. So now it gets 27 MPG on the highway, the 40MPG must be the City right?
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no harm, no foul

sorry i lost my head. i guess i see your point on the weight thing.
i didn't mean to start a riot, but i'll agree, the 2.3 litre IS the best motor ever! ha ha. no harm done, no offense taken. i'm gonna post some pictures of the fastest tractor on earth. it's powered by the notorious 2.3 litre! (91' ranger painted john deere green/ yeller)
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