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Username Post: 283 Rebuild Suggestions        (Topic#170014)
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Loc: Chicago, IL
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09-17-07 09:33 AM - Post#1255394    

Hello All, I'm usually in the 64 Forum but thought I would check with the engine pros for this on. I have a 283 that I would like to get rebuilt to keep orginal engine. I keep hearing that the 283 blocks were good and a tough engine. I want to get more horses out of it and would like your suggestion.

Get it machined with bigger piston? How Big?
New Cam? What size would you go?
New Heads? What size would you go?

Or get a 350 and call it a day.

Open to all suggests this is just a weekend cruiser that need more horses. I have installed new intake and 4Br Carb.

64 Impala SS


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09-17-07 10:42 AM - Post#1255451    
    In response to Blue64ImpSS

I would keep that original egine. if you ever want to sell the car at least you have a numbers matching car. The 350 would be cheaper to build though. The parts are a dime a dozen and you would get more torque and HP to be pushing around a fullsize impala.

64 chevelle 350/350
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66 chevelle 350/350
66 ferd stang (wifes) had to be different!

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Loc: Colorado
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09-17-07 05:13 PM - Post#1255724    
    In response to Blue64ImpSS

I like the tough little 283. However, it'll be cheaper and you'll get more torque/horses out of a 350. "Chevfreak" started a thread back on 4-16-07 called "Hot 283" Topic#157235. I can't get the link to work right but you can search for it a pull it up. It has some very good advice on building a 283.

1966 C10 Shortwide 283 4spd

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09-17-07 05:15 PM - Post#1255726    
    In response to Ricks66


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09-19-07 01:52 PM - Post#1257085    
    In response to Blue64ImpSS

Whatever you do, save the 283.

1982 C10 SWB pickup: Unmolested base truck, original paint. Originally had 250 six and 3-on-the-tree
Now has 355 with Vortec heads, RamJet roller cam, LS6 beehive springs, TH350
Retired, but working part-time on 50s-70s cars & trucks.


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