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Old 04-19-2006, 10:50 PM
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SBC Roller block

Does anyone know what year they started putting roller cams in the SBC truck engines.
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'96 for trucks. Cars got them a few years earlier, around '87 or so. Truck motors from ~'87 up mostly were able to accept a factory roller cam, but the factory used flat-tappet cams in them for truck applications.

Beware, if it matters, that not all the roller blocks will accept a fuel pump push rod, and the only sure way to tell is to try to stick one in it.
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The engine blocks were set up for the roller cam in or around 1987-1988 or so. The did not use a roller cam in these years but the block was prepped for one.

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So does that mean I can use the roller parts in the truck block?
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Yes, as long as the block is set up for the roller cam. Look in the middle of the lifter valley and see if there are 3 small upwardly-protruding bosses with threaded holes in them, between the left & right lifter rows. The lifter guide retainer ("spider") bolts to these. Then look at the front camshaft hole, and see if there are two threaded holes alongside it. The camshaft retainer plate bolts to them.
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