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Old 08-13-2003, 09:53 PM   #1
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How much does it cost to build a 383 stroker?

How much guy's? and for how much HP and torque...im looking for around 400-450 somethin around there, maybe more.


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Old 08-13-2003, 10:02 PM   #2
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Heads and all could run you about 10 Grand if you want it done right. Talk to www.lingenfelter.com for pricing. They come with a 2 yr 24000 mile warranty knowing you will beat on it.
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Old 08-13-2003, 10:47 PM   #3
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I don't think he is looking to spend that much.Are you?
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Old 08-14-2003, 04:58 AM   #4
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I'm talking Buying a used block, having it macined.
Buying new crank, cam and lifters.
New (for racing use) pistons and rings
Used head's and having head work done.
Using the pan I already have, and the TPI Manifold and intake I already have until i can buy a ram jet or such.

I'm talkin' like MAYBE $2k-$2500

Yall think I could do it for around there?

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Old 08-14-2003, 05:06 AM   #5
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The price difference was only $300 (block clearence and stroker rods)for my 383 rebuild over keeping it a 350.This is where I ordered my parts from some of the best prices I could find http://www.flatlanderracing.com/index.html
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Old 08-14-2003, 05:54 AM   #6
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How much was it for everything?

Did u do it all yourself?
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Old 08-14-2003, 10:38 AM   #7
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I don't think he is looking to spend that much.Are you?
Back in 96, I had them stick TFS heads on their short block for around $5K. Big mistake, should have gone with AFR heads. Bottom line is you get what you pay for. Good machine work is not cheap. Good machinists don't have to and don't work cheap. You want the assembly balanced and blueprinted or you want it assembled? You want to use quality components or just some leftover that might be ok? You want the engine to work well or do you want it to work? You want a fresh tech school grad doing the work or some intern if you are unlucly or do you want an experienced person who knows what they are doing? I bought the TFS heads because they were cheap. Made a big mistake there and it cost me more later.
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I see your point, and i'm sorry you got burned man.

But I got a friend that does machine work and he said he would do it at his shop for me, and might help me build it up.

So maybe that will work out....I would like to find out how much most charge because I thought i might could get someone better if i could get the cash up.

I mean he is good....but I would rather have someone else if i could. I'm afraid since he is my friend he will just slop it up. And leave me burned as u were.


keep um comin boy's.

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I wouldnt get a used block. A block will only run you a couple hundred bucks by its self and its not worth the risk of having a cracked block. If you do decide to reuse it make sure to have it checked for any signs of cracking.
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I had an advertisement from summit a few months ago that advertised a GM 383 rotating assembly for $1200. Get the engine bored and do the heads and your in business..... but ditch the TPI as soon as you can!
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Old 08-14-2003, 03:21 PM   #11
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Something I haven't seen mentioned before. I got a 383 short block from my friendly engine builder, for the cost of the machine work.
Seems the guy that brought it in, couldn't pay for it.
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"I wouldnt get a used block. A block will only run you a couple hundred bucks by its self and its not worth the risk of having a cracked block. If you do decide to reuse it make sure to have it checked for any signs of cracking."

Where are you finding unused blocks for a couple hundred bucks? I use "used blocks" all the time. One of the basic things to do at a machine shop is check the block for cracks before proceeding with a bunch of expensive machine work. Do you realize that NASCAR gets virgin blocks and then cylces them to make them more like a used block.

A used 350 block will work just fine.
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Old 08-15-2003, 04:54 PM   #13
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Parts $700(crank,rods,pistons) machine work $1200(clean and check block,bore,clearence for crank and rods,internal balance,cam-rod-crank bearings,freeze plugs,and assemble short block).About the used block I spun four bearings and two pistons were locked to the connecting rods in my stock 350 and my block was still good.
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Old 08-15-2003, 05:44 PM   #14
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so i stand corrected use the old block as long as it has no cracks in it. How much power is the stock 350 block good for without worrying about damaging it?

And as far as new blocks im pretty sure a guy i know could get bowtie blocks for like 400 canadian? I dont know what a "bowtie" block is is it a used chevy block just cleaned out and checked for cracks.
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Old 08-15-2003, 09:26 PM   #15
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I would have it sonic checked for core shift first. It should be able to support 500 HP without any problem. However, your stuff should be balanced to reduce stress, parts smoothened down, etc.
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