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Pondering new engine for my 69 c10

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    I've got a 350 with average power. I'd like to step it up. I don't want to drop 5k on a 383, but I'm tempted. Anyone have some good Chevy input?
     
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    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I used to be a Chevy parts guy and I sold a lot of these engines and even put a few in myself. I don't think you can beat what you get for the money.
     
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  4. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    350 has a ton of bolt on options. Headers/exhaust, 4 barrel q jet etc etc.
     
  5. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Balanced 454 Vortec... (Or Vortec heads on non FI block)
     
  6. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    $5-6 isn't exactly cheap. I do though want to keep from going big block so don't have to change the tranny and radiator.
    I'm looking for 450-500 hp. Might need a supercharger for that.
     
  7. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Unless you do like IM said and drop 7k on a crate motor and be done, the 350 you have is probably the best small block performance platform in existence. I know guys who go around and buy the cast iron blocks out of old Yukons etc because their vettes and camaros make so much power the aluminum ones twist.

    Horsepower isn't cheap but 450 is very doable in your price range.
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've seen some sweet deals on custom built 350's that never made it into someone's project and were being sold on Craigslist at a loss.
     
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  9. KeepnitReel

    KeepnitReel Battle Ground Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    it all depends on the block you have now. No point of throwing money into a motor that you can't build on. Stroked short blocks are pretty hard to beat. Supercharger and carbs alone will exceed your budget if you want something that actually works. Your tranny should will work on a BBC with just a bell housing change, i.e. Turbo 350,400,400R4,700r4

    I would get a 4 bolt BBC and go have some fun, you won't notice the weight difference in a C10
     
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    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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  11. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Now wait a minute. You think $5000 is too much for a factory 350 HP turn key motor but you are going to build a Blown 500 HP small block?

    Pretty sure we are done talking. :D
     
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