Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rozenburg, The Netherlands, Europe
I have a '69 with the 327/210 smallblock, but i would want a big block after the restification. My plan was to put the smallblock in at first but it needs a rebuild. I would make some modifications but not to wild.
Yesterday a friend of mine told me he knew about an old bigblock for cheap that came out of a truck, but was originally from a car. He was told it was a 454 but after he went to look at it the numbers told him is was a 396, so he was not interested.
So today i went to take a look at it and this is what i found:
Engine block casting no: 3935440
Code on pad: T0513XH
Heads casting no: 3935401
Intake manifold: 3883948
Exhaust manifold (driver side): 3914613
The block has cast onto it above the oil filter boss "hi-perf" and "pass". The heads have "truck" cast into them.
Only one head was removed, wich revealed that the bores were not worn a lot (small ridge) and the pistons had a dome.
So far i have been able to find that the block was used for 1969, 396 cid, 350/375hp, 2 & 4 bolt engines. The heads seem to be 1967 to 1974, 427 cid truck heads. I could not find any other info on these heads.
I'm sure it would need a rebuild but i would like some info on these heads if they are suitable of making any decent power. I don't want to buy new heads for this engine since i plan on building a stout motor in the future with more cubes. So if these heads are practically useless i will build my smallblock and save up for another bigblock.
So what do you think?