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D9Dave
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted December 10, 2005 12:23 PM  
I am getting ready to build a big engine to run in a street stock class. Rules allow just about anything you can do to a 350 block. Everybody that is fast runs 383s. I want to be a step ahead. I have seen kits for a 396 using 3.875 Stroke and 6in rods will this engine hold up comparable to a 383. I dont wont to wast my money for a couple of fast races if the motor will not last.

hoosier transplant
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted December 11, 2005 06:55 AM  
That's what I have in my Super Stock and it runs great. I run a small 3/8 track and the torque really pulls good coming off corner. And I only turn it 6500-6800. If I ran a half mile or bigger track I would probably go with something else-meaning big horse power-but I'm a firm beleiver that on my size track, torque is the answer. The big horsepowered motors that I ran against didn't out run me at all in the straights.

D9Dave
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted December 11, 2005 05:44 PM  
what components do you have in you motor? What heads?

hoosier transplant
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted December 11, 2005 07:29 PM  
I beleive they are Dart II's. To be honest about it, I told my motor man what I wanted and he did the rest. I just told him, since I run only 3/8 mile tracks, I wanted lots of torque and wasn't concerned with horse power numbers. This was the first 396 he built and I have been extremely happy with what he built. It is relatively a low compression, 10-1 or so, and also I had to run a 4412 due to being over 360 cubes. I ran it 2 or 3 races with my 4 barrel because I didn't want to take a chance and run it lean, but when I put the 4412 on, it really came alive-don't really know why but it did. But with my luck, this next year they won't let you run anything over 360. Kind of ***** because my motor hadn't really ran much more than getting brokein good. Might have to set it in a modified next year.

sjakes
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 267
posted December 14, 2005 06:26 AM  
hoosier, can I ask what kind of money it cost you to have your engine builder build it for you?

If you'd rather not say thats fine, I'm just curious what a "special stroker" like this runs.

Thanks
Shawn

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D9Dave
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted December 14, 2005 07:09 AM  
I have a machine shop that told me to bring them a block and 2000 dollars and they would build a shortblock. all block work and assemble.

hoosier transplant
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted December 14, 2005 04:19 PM  
That's not too bad of a deal. My motor man built mine for parts only and if I remember correctly, parts were like $1600. He used Eagle crank, h-beam rods, and pistons. I was beating him with his old used up car so I started helping him with setup-he knew very little about setups but knew motors. So now he builds my motors for parts and I help with his setup. Pretty good deal for me cause I don't know squat about building motors. I don't remember what cam he used-I'll try to see him this weekend and ask him. I think you will be happy with the 396, I know I was really pleased with the way mine ran. And, like I said, I didn't have to turn it 8500 like some of the other guys.

D9Dave
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 47
posted December 14, 2005 07:09 PM  
the machine shop that I talked to website is www.amsracing.net they are located in Shreveport La. If you are close.

AtomicPunk
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 134
posted December 19, 2005 11:46 AM  
I am also interested in building up a 396. How machining of the 350 block is necessary? I have built several fords for street cars, this will be my first attempt at building a Chevy. What crank is used? Also how many RPM's can safely be turned?

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