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Old 04-13-2013, 09:57 AM
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I k ow it's going to be a beochhh
But I got some time on my hands

you want to drive it, or look at it..
put a gen 1 small block in it. and you can look at it all you want but never drive it..
you can tow it to a track.. but it'll never see the street.. legally..
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get a piece of paper and write down everything you know that you will need and what you expect from the 383.
The figure out how you will tune it.
Then consider a totalled donor v-8 car for all the items you will need,like mounts/wiring/rad if possible,,,,the total costs might be higher than selling your car and buying another car in good shape
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one of my friends was in this exact delema.

he wants decent power for his 57 chevy belair.

i told him the best way to learn is to do it yourself.

ive built a few engines in my day, so i called up summit and ordered the rotating assembly (fully forged).
ordered edelbrocks 460 hp top end kit.

we took a core 010 350 block to the machinist, and he wanted 900 to do the machining.

i called up summit, and got a roller block 4 bolt main, for 800. fukky preped for a 383.

we have 4600 into the engine so far, minus carb, lifters, rockers, pushrods, and goodies.


you can get a 425 hp create engine for 5600, so the prices are about the same.

knowledge is priceless.
tools are pricey but last a life time.
the warenty these guys claim to give you is based on a liscenced shop doing the work.

fwiw
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