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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 01, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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I have heard a lot of people (and magazines) call a 396 a small block. Why did GM call their 396 a big block? Are there both big block and small block 396 engines?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 01, 06:07 AM
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the only 396 that i know of is a big block
thats what we have. travis
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 01, 06:56 AM
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The 396 is a big block. Chevy built no 396 small blocks.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 01, 07:05 AM
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Because it's the smallest big block, if you overlook the (I think) tall deck truck 366 engine. IMHO. pdq67

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 01, 07:32 AM
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You can get a small block stroker kit for 396 cubes. 350 block, 400 crank offset ground with small journal rods.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 01, 07:12 PM
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because a small block can be bored to 396, hence its still a small block but with a larger displacement.

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