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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 19, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thousands of Corvettes missing 327 engines

There must be thousands of corvettes missing engines out there. It seems every time I see something with a small block chevy swapped into it where one was never available its ALWAYS a 327 from a corvette.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 19, 09:13 AM
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Re: Thousands of Corvettes missing 327 engines

I almost bought a 409 once that the guy swore he removed from a '62 'vette. I knew he was lying though because it had three twos on top.

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What might look sorta neat IS a 348/409 in a 62 Vette. Wonder what the car show spectators would say? Theres always one who will try to educate you.
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What might look sorta neat IS a 348/409 in a 62 Vette. Wonder what the car show spectators would say? Theres always one who will try to educate you.
Would be a very tight fit and the extra weigh it would add.

Very popular in the 60s to put “Corvette” engines in TriFives.

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Would be a very tight fit and the extra weigh it would add.

Very popular in the 60s to put “Corvette” engines in TriFives.
If not the whole engine at least the cast Corvette script valve covers.

I am sure Chevrolet had a good reason for not putting a "W" motor in the early 'vette or even the pre 396 Sting Ray. The first gen Corvette used a bobbed full size B-body X-frame (missing the back seat so they simply left that part out of the die). In fact the Corvette used the 1958-'64 Impala front suspension on the C1 through C2 (which ended in 1983). So a 348-409 wouldn't have overwhelmed the car due to the extra weight, as it fit just fine in a full size car (can not attest to inner fender room never tried it though I owned a bunch of 409's and a '59 Corvette at the same time).

My guess was the lack of brakes to match the extra go a 409 would have introduced.

By the way there wasn't a 409 with three twos that was only used on a 348 and the manifolds do not swap unless you also use the smaller 348 heads on a 409 engine.

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Years ago my son bought a truck that had a “Corvette” engine, it was a 400.

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My 67 was originally a 6 banger and the gentleman that partially restored the car put a 327 in it. After I bought the car the looked up the numbers on the engine, From what I figured out it’s out of a 65 vette. I could be wrong but you know everything you read on the internet is correct.

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Wonder if anyone ever wedged a Buick 215 V8 into a Vette? smallest V8 GM ever made. My mom's old 61 Skylark had that engine and ran like a rabbit. It has a 4 barrel Roch carb on it but it later slowly died. I guess the Alum. heads and iron block didnt agree with each other. We had it rebuilt and then sold it but thinking back... that thing ran hard and fast in a steel body so wonder how it would do in a fiberglass body?

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Wonder if anyone ever wedged a Buick 215 V8 into a Vette? smallest V8 GM ever made. My mom's old 61 Skylark had that engine and ran like a rabbit. It has a 4 barrel Roch carb on it but it later slowly died. I guess the Alum. heads and iron block didnt agree with each other. We had it rebuilt and then sold it but thinking back... that thing ran hard and fast in a steel body so wonder how it would do in a fiberglass body?
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 19, 02:37 PM
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I was expecting this thread to be about the thousands of small block Corvettes now being big block cars!
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