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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 09, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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SBC Roller Block

I am considering using a SBC roller block (1987-96) for a build up. Can anyone tell me if the factory 1969 sbc parts will bolt right up w/ no problems? What I mean is the mechanical fuel pump, starter, water pump, clutch pivot ball & stud, power steering pump, etc. How's this block different from the earlier (1969) blocks? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 4th, 09, 08:36 PM
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Re: SBC Roller Block

The clutch pivot ball should be all you'll need to check. You'll have to run a flywheel made for it. Other than that, everything else should bolt right up.
BTW, I just happen to have a reconditioned Hays billet flywheel that'll fit...

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Re: SBC Roller Block

I doubt the mech fuel pump will bolt since the provision for it prob won't be knocked out because most cars starting in 85 were injected and had to use electric fuel pumps, which means they didn't need to cast the mech fuel pump provision.

Also, it's a one piece rear main seal, I think you will need an adapter to run your 69 2 piece rear seal crank, if you decide to use it.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 09, 03:43 AM
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Re: SBC Roller Block

It's actually a crap shoot with the fuel pump. I have 3 right now, all have the boss for the fuel pump but only 2 are drilled thru to the cam.
A good 2pc to 1pc crank adapter will cost about $150 installed by a good shop.
Are you planning to mothball the original engine and build a complete engine? Brackets, etc. are available so you can leave the original engine complete.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 09, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: SBC Roller Block

Thanks for all the help. Yes, I'm planning on keeping the original engine intact and having a 383 built in its place. So I will need all the brackets, etc. The shop is planning on using a 4340 internal bal'd crank w/ the adaptor for the 1 piece rr main seal block. I just want all the orig style accessories to bolt in w/o the hassles. Thanks.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 09, 11:09 PM
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Re: SBC Roller Block

if you are taking out a complete running old style engine and replacing it with a complete running newer style engine, then it is a pretty straight forward swap.
the oil pan, flexplate, and valve covers are different. most or all of the roller cam blocks up until about 94 all had the fuel pump pushrod hole drilled- but the TBI cams don't have a fuel pump lobe on them.
when it comes to headers and all accessory brackets- everything is a straight swap. once it's in, it will look just like your stock engine, but with center bolt valve covers.
if using a 96-99 vortec motor, then there are a few other things to watch out for- different intake manifold, no water pump bypass hole under the driver's side leg of the water pump, and the fuel pump pushrod hole isn't drilled.
but nothing is a real challenge if you have half a brain and plan things out.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 09, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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GREAT info. Thanks!
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