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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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I have looked at DZ-302's through 427's. And I can't decide on which engine to buy for my car. Im doing a ground up restoration and my 69 camaro is in the body shop at this stage. I know I don't wan't anything bigger then a 427 and don't wan't a 350/383. what ever I get is gonna be connected to a m22 4 speed. This is gonna be a street/strip car. That I wanna have alot of fun with. So if you could give me your opinion on which engine and why I would greatly appreciate it. Thx guys
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 04:10 PM
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RSZ/28,

How about a 377 using a 400 block and 350 crank? I've thought about doing a motor like this with killer heads, big compression, and a solid roller. What part of Tampa do you live in?
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I live in St.pete. What year camaro model do you have.And building 377 has crossed my mine befor.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 04:14 PM
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RS,
Personally, I would stick with a small block, especially in front of the Muncie. Less chance of breaking things. I am partial to 350's myself. If you want as much power as you can get and still have some reliability, build a 421 and keep the rpm's down.

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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 05:14 PM
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Here is a different approach - although it's a 350, you get there a bit differently.

http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sum...%20engine.html


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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 06:04 PM
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I also like the really short stroke 400 idea... giving you a 350 or with a 3.25'' stroke or around a 327 with a 3'' stroke. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 06:08 PM
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RSZ/28,

I have a '69 Z28 and I live in South Tampa.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Do you take it out much I would love to see it. What do you have done?
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 04, 08:17 PM
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I dont have a lot of experience with all types of engines, but I do love my GMPP crate 385 fastburn with the h.o.t. cam and roller rockers. No complaints at all so far. 430 hp and tq. And its basically "plug'n'play".

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 04, 05:25 AM
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I am awefully partial to a 406.

Just curious, why do you not want a 383? They are cheap to build and run like crazy.

I have never been a big fan of the 377 but you do have a 4 speed (I would never try it behind a street car with an auto). I hear you need to zing them 6500+ to get things going good. I always figured that if you have the 400 block, why give away cubic inches? Just MHO.

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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 04, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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There's nothing wrong with a 350 or 383 but I just want something different. Also I have had a 350 in my 74 camaro.
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 04, 06:52 PM
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RSZ/28 -

My car is completed and I usually drive it about once a month. Right now the car is bouncing back and forth between my home and storage because I'm trying to get the garage at my new place in order. Let me know if you're planning to attend any car events - maybe we can meet up.

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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 04, 08:13 PM
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how about GM's newest crate motor the big dady 572ci!! 650 hp on pump gas!! Go big or stay home is my theory

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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 04, 01:45 AM
 
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Imho, a homemade 496 "tow-truck" motor is about the best bang for the buck!

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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 04, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody know anything about nelson racing engines? I'am looking at there 396 small block and it doesnt look bad.
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