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Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

I was wondering if i should get a 383 stroker engine or get a 400 small block.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 05, 12:15 AM
 
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Give some details on what its for, what if any idea you plan on doing with it etc...Street, Street/Strip, Dragracing, Towing? Do you have any parts you plan on using on it already in your posession?
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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

i have a 69 camaro with a non running 350. i plan on using just on the srteet, but i also want to be able to do some bragging.
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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

Since you have the 350 now and if the block is good, I would go with a 383-391,to keep cost down some. Only thing your saving is buying a block,can be hard to find and are getting expensive.

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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.

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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

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i have a 69 camaro with a non running 350. i plan on using just on the srteet, but i also want to be able to do some bragging.
They all look the same on the outside, you could just rebuild the 350 and say you've got a 383 or a 406.
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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

Give us a budget to work with and we will throw some more specific ideas your way. With what you have and asuming your not wealthy the 383 is the best of both worlds engine and you already have the block if its rebuildable. Are you planning on buying heads? Or using what is on that block. If your going to use whats on that block get the numbers off them and post them for us. Check to make sure both heads are the same #.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 05, 10:51 AM
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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

If you go with a 383 build up, I have some parts that will definatley save you some money. Trick flow 23 degree heads aluminum, xe 268 comp cam lifters and springs, rpm air gap polished manifold, msd ignition, 650 mechanical carb, 8.5 taylor wires, chrome valve covers, etc... all of these parts have about 300 miles on them tops!!! I can give you a heck of a deal. Hell you can buy the whole motor which is being pulled out this week or if you want or just these parts... It is all together and is producing about 420 hp and 400 lbs of torque. If you are interested give me a call at 978-479-8319. We can talk...

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If you go with a 383 build up, I have some parts that will definatley save you some money. Trick flow 23 degree heads aluminum, xe 268 comp cam lifters and springs, rpm air gap polished manifold, msd ignition, 650 mechanical carb, 8.5 taylor wires, chrome valve covers, etc... all of these parts have about 300 miles on them tops!!! I can give you a heck of a deal. Hell you can buy the whole motor which is being pulled out this week or if you want or just these parts... It is all together and is producing about 420 hp and 400 lbs of torque. If you are interested give me a call at 978-479-8319. We can talk...

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Mark, were you not happy with the 383???? Just curious?

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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

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If you go with a 383 build up, I have some parts that will definatley save you some money. Trick flow 23 degree heads aluminum, xe 268 comp cam lifters and springs, rpm air gap polished manifold, msd ignition, 650 mechanical carb, 8.5 taylor wires, chrome valve covers, etc... all of these parts have about 300 miles on them tops!!! I can give you a heck of a deal. Hell you can buy the whole motor which is being pulled out this week or if you want or just these parts... It is all together and is producing about 420 hp and 400 lbs of torque. If you are interested give me a call at 978-479-8319. We can talk...

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ahh and if he doesn't want this stuff pm me and we'll talk lol

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Both engines are hard to beat! For both!

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 05, 04:18 PM
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I agree that either one 383 or 406 would be okay, just a suggestion I"d use
the 5.7 " or 6 " rod. As the 400 didn't have a good rod to crank angle.
Since you have a 350 block use it if you can.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 05, 05:27 AM
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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

1 fast one, No my motor is a 350 but all of these parts will work for a 383 build up. In fact they will work exceptionally well with the 383. I am going with a big block application so these parts will do me no good. I can sell you the parts individually or I can sell you the complete 350 motor which also comes with a th-350 tranny. $2700 for the complete motor and th350 tranny. Parts by themselves will be priced accordingly. Give me a call if you are interested.

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 05, 08:26 AM
 
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Re: Should i get a 383 stroker or a 400 small block

In my humble opinion the 400 is a better build for the Buck for all around use, and a 383 will run just as hot as the 400. I've built many of both, but it seems that the Stump Puller puts in on the Mouse motor with a lot less rev's. But you can't go wrong with either.
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