Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Fairfield, OH, USA
Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block
The more cubes, typically the better, but in this case, I don't think you can go wrong with either one (383 or 400). If you are just looking for something pretty tame (low RPM motor) and could find a good 400 (getting hard to find these days), you could reuse its crank and rods and possibly save some money depending on how much you have to fork over for the 400.
If you're wanting something that's going to be regularly abused (high rpm), your next cheapest route as Doug mentioned, would be to use your 350 block (assuming that it is in good shape) for a 383 build up.
Lastly, if money isn't an issue, you could buy an aftermarket block (Motown or Dart) and easily build 400+ cubes. The sky is nearly the limit, just depends on what you're really after and how much you want to spend.
Keep sharing your thoughts and I think we can help you make the right decision.
1969 Z/28 fathom green X77