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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 04, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 68 ragtop with the factory 327 210hp motor. Dual exhaust has been added, Edelbrock intake manifold and 625 cfm carb have been added to give it a little bit more punch, but no where near what I want. So the question is with the 327 block could the block easily be built to generate 400 hp and if so what would be the best route to take to get there. Or would I be money ahead by buying a crate motor from Jegs or the like - 350 with 400 hp seem to pretty common. Furthermore, if I build an engine to 400 hp, will I need to replace the 10 bolt rear with a 12?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 04, 04:53 AM
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Welcome indeed! Right now, there are 4 or 5 of us having that exact discussion. I suppose the first question, after you read the other posts, is: Does having the original engine in stock condition have value to you? and the second is: Where (in the rpm range) do I want that power?

A 327 can give you 400 HP, but it's gonna have to rev to do it.

a 383 will do it easy, at a much lower rpm, and with loads more low rpm torque.

You can get a stroker kit for the 327, but then it will NEVER be stock again. Or you can go crate, for near the same $$$.

Either way, your stock heads will not cut it.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 04, 08:05 AM
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Torque is what makes street cars fun. 327s are great engines but they do not have anywhere near the low speed torque of a 350 or anything bigger.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 04, 03:12 AM
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i have a 327 short block for sale trw pistons , steel crank , bored 30 over .just needs to be assembled. $400.00 and its yours
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