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Engine Choice

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chevyman562, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. chevyman562

    chevyman562 Registered Member

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    I am going to start building a motor for my truck. I can't decide between a 383 stroker or a 454 big-block. I have a running 400 SB in my garage. I am looking for the most torque I can get. Is a stroker that much better on gas mialge than a big-block? What about cost? Thanks.
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    A Big Block may cost alittle more too build, but once you've had one, everything else feels under powered. The next K5 I build will have a Big Block !!!!!
     
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    You can't chose either a stroker , or a Big Block and worry about cost . Either one will cost you . 400 SB with good heads ( steam holes drilled ) , good cooling , and good induction/exhaust will be allright if you ask me . Of course if money is NO object I'd do the stroker because there lighter physically , and more compact dimensions /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    My buddy's father is an engine builder, and he always says it's better to go with a big block. His reasoning was that a 454 would perform just as well as a 383, and you'd be stressing a 454 much less.
     
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    3 on the tree 1/2 ton status

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    Car Craft just did a comparo between a 454BB and a 454SB-the small block made more hp and torque-I guessed wrong on that winner!
     
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    Big Block stroker /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif

    If gas cost is not a problem I would go with a 454. Cost a lot less to make torque from a 454 than it does to make it from a stroker small block.
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    There is always more torque with extra cubic inches . There are many variables between those motors , but I'd be willing to bet that when two engines are the same cubic inches , the one that has a lighter rotating assembly will make more power and torque /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    There is always more torque with extra cubic inches . There are many variables between those motors , but I'd be willing to bet that when two engines are the same cubic inches , the one that has a lighter rotating assembly will make more power and torque /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] I would think the stroked small block wouldn't last as long though. Relieabilty is a issue for me. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    I'm actually getting better gas mileage when I swapped out the 350 for a 454. In the small blocks you'll have to put a lot more $$$ into them to perform like a stock big block IMHO.
     
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    Build the 400 and use a set of longer 5.7 inch 350 rods. 400s are good engines, they just need a good 4 core rad to cool. 400s can easily make wicked torque and will help keep the weight down as compared to a big block.
     
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    Thanks for all the help guy's! I think I am going to stick with the 400 SB.
     
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    Run the 400....
     
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    what did they do to the BBC to make it lose?
    big inches always win doesn't matter if you get them by bore or stroke
     
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    Thanks for all the help guy's! I think I am going to stick with the 400 SB.

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    Hell yeah. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif Best of both worlds.
     
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    You could stroke the 400 /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif Only problem is its an expensive motor. But the 400 with good heads,intake, and exhuast with a matching cam will have good power.


    Later
     
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    When I sawapped in a stock 400 small block from a 78 suburban into my 74 K20 in place of the stock 454 from a 74 chevelle that was making scary noises(turned out to be broken piston skirts,and loose wrist pins)--I noticed very little if any real difference in power,and the front of the truck felt noticeably lighter--granted the 454 I removed had seen better days,but it ran pretty good--the 400 was stuffed in quite hastily--I didnt even put a timing chain or oil pump in it(I wish I did now)but it still runs fairly well,but its due for a rebuild too.I think the 400 is the only small block that can stand ground against a big block,a 400 or a 454 are the kings of tourque in a GM truck,unless you swap a Caddy motor into it.. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     

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