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Sleeper Ideas for a Chevy Big Block 427

Hello everyone. I have access to a big block 427. I'm not sure what I would want to put it in. I think I want to build a sleeper. something big enough to hold the motor but not something too heavy. Something relatively cheap and something that no one would expect to be fast. Any ideas?

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Hello everyone. I have access to a big block 427. I'm not sure what I would want to put it in. I think I want to build a sleeper. something big enough to hold the motor but not something too heavy. Something relatively cheap and something that no one would expect to be fast. Any ideas?
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I'm open to any suggestions. For a great sleeper or something else I can get for relatively cheap.
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I'm open to any suggestions. For a great sleeper or something else I can get for relatively cheap.
You have acess to the engine what bodys do you have acess to to put it in ?



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I dont have any sort of bodies or chassis for it yet. I'm in the proccess of looking for one. Thats why i'm asking for suggestions. What would be a good vehicle to put it in?
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Early to mid 60s Nova?

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Get a G body. They came stock with a 305 but will easily handle a BB. Tranny and rear ends are weak. You need to beef those up. But no one is going to expect a 500 hp Buick Regal coming up in the rearwiew. Plus you can buy them for about 500 bucks.
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Ive always wanted to get one of the newer T-Birds,that would make a good sleeper.Or how about a Dodge Caravan,wait their front wheel drive.....
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Lots of choices, but I'd tend to want to build something with a cool factor, and not just something that's the least expected to look like it will perform. Sleepers are great, but no matter how surprising it is I don't want an ugly looking old car with a huge pwoerplant that I can't sell when/if I get bored with it.
I like the idea of an early Nova, and it would be a real sleeper, but probably have a tough time getting that 427 power hooked to the ground if you don't get some rubber under it, and big tires will giveaway the sleeper.
I also like the late 70's Chevelle Malibu was a nice sized car that is small and light, plus very much a sleeper candidate in 2dr sdn model. They're cheap too, and since they came with a V8 the 427 would be an easy swap too.
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These are all good suggestions. Minus the caravan haha. The Late 70's malibu idea seems to catch my eye. I think thats something I could work with. I havre always had a dream to build a rat rod but I'm not set up to work that extensive. What would you think of a late 50's chevy pick-up??
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80s chevy malibu wagon. Makes a good sleeper.fold the seat down, throw a mattress in the back an.... OH never mind...
Actually the 80s malibu would be a good sleeper. who would think?
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80s chevy malibu wagon. Makes a good sleeper.fold the seat down, throw a mattress in the back an.... OH never mind...
Actually the 80s malibu would be a good sleeper. who would think?
This was going to be my suggestion as well. They are fairly light cars. Decent looking too.
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6th gen (77-90) B-body Coupe. Bonus points for fishbowl rear window. Even the sedan would work, but wouldn't be as stylish. Easy swap, shares parts with 7th gen and is a light car for a full size. It doesn't get any more sleeper than grandpa's old two door.
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A late 50's Chevy truck would be great, but same issues with getting things to hook up. They'll allow larger tires, but that wrecks the sleeper affect. I used to have a very stock looking '57 Chevy Suburban with a 389 Pontiac with tri power. I think it was around 360-370 hp. A real sleeper, but it sure would tear the tread off those tires!
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These are great suggestions. A 50's truck would look awesome. The only issue with that is a may have an issue finding one in good enough condition to work with and at a decent price. I just came back from the drag races to see if I could find some inspiration. I noticed a lot of the same cars over and over. 80's mustangs, camaros of all years, I did see a bunch of late 70's malibus. But overall a real lack of variety. I took another look at this 427 and its a marine block. This thing is large and built for low end torque. Will I need to mod suspension in pretty much anything I decide to throw it in?
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