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I want to use this 383 , i never see this engine running but seems to be in good condition (its stock), remove the oil pan to check everything and check the famous 383 block grinding and doest seems to have a major work , it rotates freely, neither a bolt or rod is having contact with the block or pan rail but here are some pics because for my taste its a little close, its like 1.5 or 2 mm one bolt from touching the block, should I grind it more? :( can I do it without dissasembly the whole thing? i need a engine to get my car moving ,I will be using this engine with no performance cam just in time I get my 400 assembled
here are links to the pics because are big ones:
like 3 mm on most
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w144/kamilo220/383/P1050168.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w144/kamilo220/383/P1050170.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w144/kamilo220/383/P1050172.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w144/kamilo220/383/P1050179.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w144/kamilo220/383/P1050180.jpg
the closest bolt about 1.5mm
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w144/kamilo220/383/P1050181.jpg
 

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Some blocks just need very minimal if any grinding. Each one is different. It looks like you are at the minimum on clearance. Which should be ok. My clearance gauge at the shop is a common office std. size paper clip. If I can get it in between the closest point it's OK.

The quick and dirty to get more clearance is to use the "aircraft" style rod nuts (ARP and others) on the outer rod nuts. These have a 7/16 head and will give you that extra clearance, no iron chips in the motor.

Might be hard to get in SA tho. Good luck. BOB
 
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