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So, im thinking of junking the 350 in my 87 monte ss and going to a 383 or 427 small block...but the other day my brother reminds me he has the 283 and glide from his 66 impala and that is was a beast of a motor. I have been wanting a glide, but i never heard much about the 283s to take one over a 383. He told me it would really move the impala and thats a heavier car than mine. He also mentioned i can just throw a 327 crank in it and it could be really strong and still rev very high. Would it be worth it to go with this motor? can they really be built as strong as he says?
 

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A 283 with a 327 crank is a 307. There really isn't much reason to lose 50-100 cubic inches when performing an engine swap. If that 283 has been fairly modified and does in fact perform really well it wouldn't take very much to make a 350 perform at least as well or or far better. Remember that extra cubes means more torque and that in the case of a 283 and a 350 you're talking about as much as 70 lb-ft. Short of forced induction, what engine modification out there is going to give you that much of an increase? If you're willing to spend the money on a 383 or 400+ inch engine then go that route because there really is no comparison in what a 283 can do vs a 383. At the very least, stick with the 350.

If you're running on the car on the street, stick with a tranny that has more than two forward gears in it.
 

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yea, thats what i was thinkin, but i could get it for free or next to free from him lol...i do want the glide tho. I just like the idea of getting high revs. im all for saving money and putting it into performance parts. i could either buy a basic 383 or just get this 283 and a bunch of good parts or machine work...ill look into it more i guess.
 

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If you like the idea of free or close to free then just keep the 350 and do the same thing to it that you would do to the 283.
 

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If you like the idea of free or close to free then just keep the 350 and do the same thing to it that you would do to the 283.
^^^Very good advice! If you spend some of the money on your valve train parts and a good balance there is no reason you couldnt spin your 350 to 7500 or so. On either motor your gonna need a cam and heads that will support the rpm or your just wasting you time reving to the moon. Put the same amount of money into the 350 as you would the 283, and the 350 will hands down out perform the 283. Just my .02c.
 

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Your car looks a lot faster than the 283 will make it go.I have a stock rebuilt 283 in my pickup and its not that fast.(no low end torque). I purposely used this as I want to use my truck for moving stuff,pulling my boat..whatever and figured I'd get better gas mileage.
My next project will definitely be a stroker.
 
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