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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 03, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have a chance to pick up a 400 sb. All I have to do is take it out of the van that it is in. I think it's 78 or 79.
Are these good engines, is it worth my time to go yank this thing out.
Oh yea, the whole drivetrain is there so the tranny comes with it.
I'm wondering if it would fit in my 67 vert.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 03, 04:30 PM
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If the price and bore is right, DO IT!

That's what I'm doing right now. Got mine for $80 and it's the cheapest HP per dollar upgrade I've done so far. 400ci = Mucho power.

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If you bought it and didnt use it, it would fetch you some good money for something else!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 03, 10:44 PM
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not yeah, but hell yeah! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 03, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks people!
It's free if I want it. I'll have to get rid of the van itself.But I figure it's worth the price.

Anybody know if it would bolt in to the 67?

Even if I don't put it in the camaro I'll hang on to it

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 03, 02:57 AM
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It wont fit a convert but will fit my coupe. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Just kidding will bolt right in be sure to use the flywheel that is on the 400 it has a balance weight on it. Great score.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 03, 04:07 AM
 
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You also have to use the balancer that is specific to a 400 SBC. Those engines are externally balanced where all other small blcoks are internally balanced. You should always replace the balancer when you rebuild an engine of that age and possible mileage. The elastomer becomes brittle and can allow the balancer to shift on the hub which really screws you up when you are trying to set the timing and it may eventually separate. Separation is a very bad thing. Just make sure you order an 8 inch balancer for a 400 SBC.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 03, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for all the info. It's greatly appreciated. [img]graemlins/hurray.gif[/img]
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