Lessons Learned for 383 install!
I installed a 430 HP 383 from BP to replace my old 350 that leaked so bad that I ran a hollow pcv valve to keep the oil in.... yeah.
Things I learned: Don't buy an oil filter adapter, BP engines come with one; don't buy a timing tab for an 8" balancer, they come with one; a 1406 runs too lean for it; a vintage air system alternator and compressor for a stock sbc will not fit these heads, the ports are .1" higher; don't reuse hoses even if they're fairly new; buy extra spark plugs, they break easy; fill the tank with premium fuel before you swap; buy the special crimper for spark plug wires; Edelbrock EPS intakes come with ZERO gaskets; priming the oil pump may not cause oil to come up through the push rods; Auto Zone and Oriely's can only look up parts based on year make and model or part numbers, not item description or measurements; buy the two ton hoist and engine stand from Harbor Freight - wait for the 20% off coupons on line or in the mail- they are damn good parts for the price; don't hydro lock your pilot bearing with grease; a bulb style siphon works well for getting tranny fluid in; GM branded synchromesh makes TKO's shift amazingly; when installing a distributor, drink beer at the same time; make a spread sheet and update.
Total including the 383, new bolts, flywheel, balancer, fluids, Hoist and stand, oil primer, several trips to Ace for other new bolts, intake, gaskets, headers, power steering hoses etc... $6437
I'm looking into a FItech system. Aaaaaannd I need to install my posi. Finally, I did it myself, negating hood removal and install, in 18 labor hours; worth it.
1968, 5 speed, Vintage Air Gen IV, American Auto Wire Update Series, Champion 4 Core Rad, BMR front w/ Koni's, BP Roller 383, Posi 8.2", Solid Frame Bushings