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What Is your opinion Of the Torquey 383 ?

Just Trying to learn,

Why is the 383 the most desired engine to build when you have enough money and have a 400 crank ?. Can they rev high ?, if so whats their redline with a stock bottom end ?. How much power do they have ?. Are they more torque or more horsepower ?. Would this be a good truck motor ?. Ive heard alot of "build a 383 its cheaper and has plenty of power" Why ?. Are they good at quarter miles ?. What do you think is the pefect setup for a 383 ?
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:26 AM
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There are an infinite number of ways to build one, you can build a low end grunt motor or a high winding race motor. Don't bother with a 400 crank though, for a mild street engine you can get a new aftermarket cast crank for about $25 more than it would cost to get the 400 crank turned and if you don't already have the crank core the cost of a new crank is usually less. If you want more serious power you can get any number of forged cranks, your wallet is the limit.

In mild form they make EXCELLENT truck engines, GM even has a crate 383 called the HT383 that is built with trucks in mind. They are also capable of acceptable fuel economy with the right transmission and gearing. I built one back in '83 and loved it and I have the parts on the shelf to do another one of these days.

Try to get a ride in one, that will answer most of your questions.
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