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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 20th, 14, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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383 stroker or 350 with top end kit?

Looking for some opinions on the following two choices that I am faced with.

I have a sound 350 sbc with four bolt mains and, perhaps, a forged crank. The engine has a mild flat tappet hydraulic cam.

I am looking for 430 HP and 425 Ft Lbs torque, running a mild roller cam and a 4 barrel carb.

I can rebuild the lower end of my 350 and change the heads, cam, intake carb, and distributoror. Although more expensive, I could stroke my 350 out to 383 and install the above parts, plus the stroker kit.

In your opinion, which engine would be the most fun for a street driven 1969 Camaro, with a built 200 4R transmission and 3.73 posi 12 bolt rear end? I am thinking about such things as idle quality, flatest torque curve, idle vacuum for power brakes, lowest maintenance, best resale ( everything is sold, sooner or later)?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 20th, 14, 04:11 PM
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Re: 383 stroker or 350 with top end kit?

How much more $$ are you talking?

I can't speak for the 350, but I absolutely love my 383. Great low end torque makes it a blast on the street. If the cost isn't that much more, I'd go that route but then again I am biased!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 21st, 14, 08:53 AM
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Re: 383 stroker or 350 with top end kit?

You can easily make 420HP from your 350. In fact, there are kits available that you just buy and bolt-on (Edelbrock, Holley, Brodix, etc.). Take your pick.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 21st, 14, 09:15 AM
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Re: 383 stroker or 350 with top end kit?

If you're going to do a rebuild and a few hundred extra bucks for the stroker isn't a big deal, do the 383. A nice 350 is fun - a nice 383 is more funner.

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