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what is better a 327 or 350

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by foolhardy, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. foolhardy

    foolhardy Registered Member

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    what is better a 327 or a 350
     
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    Shawn 1/2 ton status Premium Member Author

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    All things being equal, 350.
     
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    mechted 1 ton status Premium Member

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    hard to say... but more cubic inches is always better
    parts-wise 350s are so common that parts may be cheaper, there are more options, and everyone carries them
     
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    foolhardy Registered Member

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    yah but this 327 has a steel crank is that rare in any way
     
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    lrazer 1/2 ton status

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    theres no replacement for displacement
     
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    General rule of thumb, shorter stroke engines are capable of turning at higher RPM's.

    Not exactly useful in our world IMHO.
     
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    small journal or large journal? not really rare, but not as common as a 3.48" stroke cast crank. i would go with the 350 any day of the week, unless i was putting it in something less than 2500#
     
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    327/350?

    383:D
     
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    me myself love the 400s a lot of folks like a 383 but look at the post right above this 1 :D
     
  10. foolhardy

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    its going in a c10 it is milduly built
     
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    1968 is a large journal 327, but cast crank

    but I think I would go 350 or 400

    thank you
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    87 K5
     
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    I would say the the old small journal engines are getting pretty rare. (Almost all steel-crank 327s are small journal). 10¼:1 big valve heads are nothing to scoff at... saves you buying Vortecs.

    Aren't the old block & heads casting heavier, and have higher nickel content?
     
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    diesel4me 1 ton status Premium Member

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    three yaay's and a neigh..

    Yes,Yes,and Yes...but the octane needed to run those old 327's can't be bought at the pump nowadays really..they will ping even on Sunoco "Ultra" 94 octane..you'd need to run octane booster--..

    For a truck I'd say a 350 or 400 small block is a better choice..the 327 is probably the best motor GM ever had,but it makes its HP at high RPM's,and is not a "stump puller" due to its short stroke..but they will make you wet your pants in a Camaro,Nova,or a Vette!..they need low rear end gears like 4.11 or 4.56 to take advantage of their hi revs..

    If you already own the 327,I guess you could use it,a 2wd pickup isn't that heavy,but if it has 3.08 gears in it you'll be mildly dissapointed in its performance..it might be something a person restoring an old muscle car would pay a good price for,especially if its a "date correct" block for his car,if he's making a "matching numbers" car..perhaps you could sell it for enough to buy a good running 350,400,or possibly a 454!.. :laugh:
     
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    stock for stock, you CANNOT beat the Vortecs. especially when you compare them to the old camel hump heads.
     
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    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    My buddy had a '65 Parisienne with the 10¼:1 327. (Chev engine - Canadian car) 94 octane tamed it, pinged on 91/92 octane though. 3.08 gears. IMO, avery fun, large, & fast car to drive. :D
     
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    I agree. IMO, the camel humps are the next best thing.
     
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    I say 327, I love my 63 Impala SS 327 engine fastest thing I have ever riden in/driven, and likewise for the select few who have also ridden in it. If I had the choice between a 327 or a 350, I would choose the 327 hands down, anyone out there think otherwise and have one, then I'll take it off your hands for ya! :wink1:
     
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    My 86 came with a 327 in it... in fact I have that 327 sitting in my garage right now waiting for me to tear it down, free up the stuck piston, and stroke it to a 383 unless someone really wants it to remain a 327. It's a 69 block, so it has the larger journal crank. I'll be dropping it back in the 86 chassis when I'm all done with it, and selling the hopped up 355 I bought and burned... I need to take that one apart too, change the valve guides and seals, dress it up a bit before I can sell it.

    Before you all say "no way"... the moron that owned my 86 before me blew his 305 and happenned to have a 327 in a rusty car. He pulled that demon out of the car and dropped it in the Blazer without a second thought... I of course doubted it, and when I told my family about it, they all said bull****... they changed their tune when I read off the casting numbers though.
     
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    How much you wanna give me for my 327? =)

    I almost think I should leave it a 327, build it as a race motor and drop it in a RX-4 or Monza. =)
     
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    327 has more low end torque
     

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