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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 08, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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396 or..........?

Hey i'm pretty new to this site, I ve got a 1969 camaro that was originally
an ss 396. I'm in the slow process of restoring it and i'm still debating whether or not to go almost completely stock and put in a 396 or whether to make it look completely stock on the outside and beef up the drivetrain a little with a 502 or a 572 if i can come up with the cash!
Anyway I jus wanted to know what your opinions were and what you would do.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 08, 06:52 PM
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Since its a non original motor do whatever you can. If you could find a date correct 396 that would be very nice. Nothing is going to be cheap unless you have connections. I had a 454 that came with my car and im up to about 7 or 8 grand to upgrade it to 489 w aluminum heads and such. So it can pricey real fast. I tried to go the oldschool route but ended up giving up bc the parts are usually not in good condition. Sometimes they are not even repairable.

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debating whether or not to go almost completely stock and put in a 396 or whether to make it look completely stock on the outside and beef up the drivetrain a little with a 502 or a 572 if i can come up with the cash!
My 396 car was either a numbers correct 396 or a 598.....depending on what car show I was at.

Just kidding, but it's hard to beat a huge inch motor looking like a factory power plant. Usually.....head, intake ect. will give it away but you could always paint your victor and your AFR's chevy orange!!!!!


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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 08, 10:26 PM
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Re: 396 or..........?

Hey Neal,

I'd go with the 396 but that's just me. There is nothing wrong with going bigger and newer! If you decide to go the new route, you should be able to get some good $$ from the 396 to help pay the big $$$ for the new stuff...

How about posting some photos?

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 08, 04:10 PM
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I would recommend the ZZ502 over the 572 only because it is a standard deck height block which will have fewer fitment issues than a tall deck block (headers etc). 8 out of 10 car show patrons wouldn't know a 396 from an 810 cid from the outside. Only difference in displacement is the price. The more common the motor the cheaper the deal to buy it.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 08, 06:28 AM
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or whether to make it look completely stock on the outside and beef up the drivetrain a little with a 502 or a 572

thanks,
neal
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 08, 08:28 AM
 
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I'd go 396 as well. Mine is just mildy more than stock... and I like the fact that it's small in c.i. but still a big block, it's not horrible on gas, it's very streetable, and it's an engine that is period correct, and can't be purchased new.

Sorta depends on what you plan to do with the car or what you expect to get out of it. If you're out for power, so BIG and forget the 396. If you like to keep things somewhat old school and period correct, find a 396.

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427 for the win !!!!

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