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Old 10-02-2004, 01:09 PM
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Why not a 350 sbc?

I keep reading on and on about how some like a 383 or 400 sbc but not a 350 sbc, and i've read whare some like a 283, 302, 305,327, but not a 350 sbc. Now what is so bad about a 350 sbc. I mean i've had quite a few cars and some truck's that had stock 350 sbc's in them, and they ran quite strong in stock form even well over the 100,000 mile mark. I pulled my 350 sbc out of a 1 ton passanger van that had over 100,000 mile's on the vehicle, the cylindr bore's had just a little ridge in them, and the flat tappet cam still looked as if it could make another 100,000 mile's. I had the block checked out and it was in good shape, with out the need for line hone'ing, and the deck chacked out nice straight and square,but i did have it decked .020 to bring the C/R up some. So what is so RONG with a 350 sbc,

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Old 10-02-2004, 01:14 PM
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nothing wrong with them, I just think if you have a few bucks for a crank, or you happen to need one... why not just build a 383 for about the same cash?

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For the same cost as a rebuilt 350 crank you can get a 400 crank with the mains turned down to 2.45" and use standard bearings. The price difference in pistons is negligible and the extra cubes and stroke make more torque.

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we have just come back to the muscle car era. Bigger is better. There is nothing wrong with a 350 at all. People want power. When they have a 350 core and they have to buy a new crank etc " hey why not throw in a 400 crank" why not? more cubes makes more power.
the thing about the 327 is its just "cool " I guess something different. Not everyone has a 327. But hey if you a 350 core and all the 350 stuff to go with it. There is nothing wrong to build a nice 355.
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350 sbc

Absolutely nothing wrong with one of those..if it works for you use it..taking advantage of what you have is a good thing..

Only reason I would build a stroker is if I need one for a certain competition class..

I think the main knock on the 350 is that it is so common that it does not do anything for some guys ego's to run one..

My thoughts on the 350..
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saying 383 just sounds cool too lol.

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I was just wonder'in because what i have is the stock cast crank that came with the block that i had ballanced along with the rod's, plus i did'nt want to be considered a Red Headed Stepchild because i had a 350 sbc. (LOL)
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nahh, never underestimate a 350.

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My 350 will have a blower on it. I think that 350 sounds cool. HG
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Alot of people dislike 350's because they're so common, but that doesn't mean they're bad. A mild 350 hp SBC can be built for around $1500 or cheaper if you know what you're doing, and parts are everywhere. The 327's are diamonds if you can find one (better bore/stroke ratio) and you can take the rpm to the sky! A 383 is good also if you want a little more torque but not much more hp, and a 400 is even better, but tends to overheat due to siamazed cylinders. Build a 350.. there is nothing wrong with it!
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From the auto parts counter and car show chat....

Over the parts store counter EVERYBODY has a 350 whether it's a 305, 307, 262, in the later Chevys, and EVERYBODY has a 327 in the early Chevys whether it's a 265 or 283. It's human nature to exagerate the numbers (Ask your girlfriend!!). Hurts sometimes when they get the wrong parts, though.
At the show, drive-in, and park'n'sit, EVERYBODY has the desirable displacement of the day, or of the era car they have. Today the 383 is the "Motor of the Moment" so almost every car at a shopping mall gathering miraculously now has a 383 stroker, kinda like the old days when EVERYBODY had a Mercury stroker crank in their flathead V8. Funny how a set of finned heads and 2-2bbl. intake changed the crankshaft dimensions, MAGIC, I think!
The small block Chevy V8 in almost all it's various displacements has been the mainstay of hot rod motoring since 1955, because they're powerful, cheap, dimensionally easy to transplant into almost any vehicle, and the best part......make the most power for the money spent of any small block engine offering from any manufacturer!! The 400 small block, often overlooked due to it's external balance sytem, has been appreciated by a fair-size crowd of hotrodders too.
Don't worry about what the others may say, do what you can do, and can afford to do, and enjoy yourself. Remember, the name of the game is power to weight, and a stock 350 265HP engine in a Model T roadster is screamer!!
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ALL 327s & 350s are vett motors also, just the way it is i guess














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I have a 283 in a 61 impala and proud of it
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ALL 327s & 350s are vett motors also, just the way it is i guess
There must be a few million small block Vettes out there with no motor.......... We were just talkin' about that today. Some stroke at work had a 350 for sale and one of the guys listening in sarcastically said "It's a Vette motor isn't it?"

The stroke says "Yeah, how'd you know?!"

"They always are.." was the reply.
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I have a 283 in a 61 impala and proud of it
350s and 350-based engines (think 355 (bored 350) and 383 (bored+stroked)) are very popular but are excellent, 327s and smaller SBCs are generally good, and are more unique. Kinda like running an AMC engine in an AMC.
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