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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 00, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Aside from horsepower, why are big block Camaros like the 396's so desirable? What would a complete '69 replacement 396 bring in today's market. I'm talking a complete block - heads, crank, etc . . . .
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 00, 06:13 PM
 
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It's a guy thing, bigger is better, just knowing you've got massive cubic inch displacement at your comand. Call me crazy. to me even if its not the fastest ride around, it's still apealing. Personaly I like the sound of a BB, to cruise the lot and have strangers say "that's a BB" is pretty cool. In the world of rodents, it's much better to be the rat, cause the mice stay home with there mommies, hence the phrase "It's a RAT race out there" That's just my opinion, whitch like at home dosen't mean a who hell of alot. As for the price,the sky's the limit.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 02:23 AM
 
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Other than condition, value would depend on the casting #'s and date codes of the components. 396's seem to be pretty plentiful around here. $1000 - $1500 for a complete rebuildable engine w/4 bolt main and rec. port heads.
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Just find a big block car parked next to a small block car and look under the hoods. That should be enough.

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 06:00 AM
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There were more 396s produced than any other big block. So they are pretty plentiful and cheap if all you want is a BB. If you want specific numbers and engine codes, it gets more expensive.


Oh yeah, Big Gear Head... it's not how big your pencil is, it's how you sign your name.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 06:07 AM
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gheatly,What if they aren't impressed with your pencil and walk away before you can sign your name? Just kidding, I have nothing against a small block. ssdanny69, if you are thinking of changing yours over from small to big it may not be worth the trouble. You need to REALY want a big block for it to be worth it.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 06:36 AM
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A big block "IS" a macho thing. Many camaros are small blocks. COOL, but small blocks. A big block has a "GAWK" factor that can't be copied (except by a hemi). There is nothing like an engine bay full of motor...RAT motor. 396's are failrly plentiful and can be built relatively cheaply (for a BB). A 454 takes up the same space, weight, etc. A changeover from small block to BB is no big task. Heater core, relocate the core water tubes, mounts, radiator, some wiring, maybe some linkage to deal with. Not a big thing. By the way...what's a pencil got to do with a BB?
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 12:11 PM
 
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Have you ever heard a big block with headers?

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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No, I haven't. I've onlu owned small block cars. I'm anxious though.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 12:36 PM
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TORQUE!!
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 03:25 PM
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I just saw one in the for sale section for $2100 dollars, that's about right in my opinion. I'm going to disagree with Gheatly on the availablity though. I see alot more 454's for sale than 396's........KZ

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 03:54 PM
 
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Just bought my first BB in a 75. The torque
factor is the biggest kick for me. Always had
350/350 combos. Mine is actually a 66 396 325
with the Edelbrock kit package. Nice ego boost to say "it's a big block". I believe
I read somewhere that the 396/402 is more
hp/ci than similiar built 406 sbc. Any opinions?

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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 04:09 PM
 
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I've always had small blocks and when I did the 69 project I wanted to do a B/B. This is the first B/B I've had and after driving this car I don't think I'll have a S/B again.
Torque, Torque, Torque. B/B's are great.
As was said before go to a car show and look at a S/B along side a B/B, that's all you'll need.



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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 04:18 PM
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SSDanny, If you can take a little time you can find a BB for alot less than $1000. I bought my 396/350 hp for $450 last summer. It was absolutley complete from the oil pan to the open element air cleaner. The chrome on the valve covers is in decent shape and the motor has never been apart. Sure it needs freshed up but it is totally compete and factory stock. You need to turn over a few rocks to find them but they still can be had. Finding these parts is half the fun. Good luck.

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 00, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Man, after reading the posts, I feel like I have "small block" syndrome and can only "perform" with a BIG block!
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