Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by aksidentproan, Apr 5, 2002.
How difficult is it to fit a 396 in a first gen blazer? Thanks
My first chevy trucks that I got hooked by were stock BIg Blocks..The 70 Chevy Cheyenne had a 396 factory bored 30 thousannths over with all TRW parts which made it a 402. That truck had a Muncie four speed in it and from a 10 mile an hour roll not much could touch it. The next truck was my first Blazer & it had the same 402 with the automatic & it rocked also but in the mud! The big block parts are out there but people don't like to let the original stuff go . GOOD LUCK
I don't know how HARD it was.....but that's what the P.O. put in mine! It's stroked to a 427, but it's based on the 396 block. From what I've been told, the 396 uses the small block motor mounts (like the standard 350s) so there's nothing weird about that part of the conversion.
The only obvious problem might be the clearance between the valvecovers and the firewall. That's pretty "tight" on mine.
Greg - Do you have a body lift?
The 2wd did come with different motor mounts for the big block. Not sure about the 4wd but I think they were different to. I'll ask the question on www.67-72chevytrucks.com and I'm sure someone will know.
Yep...... 2" Body Lift
That makes a difference too.....REAL important, I should have remembered that too.
I bolted my SB mounts to my 427, bolted it right in, oh yea, did have to modify the crossmember a bit to clear the oil pan. Nothing like a BB grunt!
Ya gotta love bigblock grunt & nothin will push you thru mud like all that torque. I just paid $1500.00 for a 72 blazer that has afresh 350 in it with a new Edelbrock intake & carb so I will see what tha same setup will do with that ...RPM vs Torque here I come!
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