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Author Topic:   350 Chevy Block
posted May 10, 2003 10:37 AM
I am new at this, so please excuse my ignorance.
I plan on building my first engine. It will go in a pure stock car.
I found a 350 Chevy 4 bolt block for $50. It has been bored out .040 and needs bearings and rings.
I don't know alot about this and I am learning as I go.
I have not looked at this block yet.
1.) What should I look for when I see it?
2.) What questions should I ask about it?
3.) Is being bored that much going to be a problem? I don't have any money to waste on junk, Should I even look at it?

I don't think this guy would try to rip me off because I am good friends with his supervisor at work....but who knows

posted May 10, 2003 11:16 AM
One of the main things to check would be the main caps. Take all the main cap bolts out and pull up on the caps. They all should fit tight and not lift out easily. Also if there is any pitting or metal transfer between the caps and the block the caps may be walking which will require aftermarket caps. If this is the case I would pass on it, to much to put in for a pure stock. Its also not uncommon to find cracks in the lifter valley and in the main webs. Have a machine shop magnaflux it for cracks. As for the .040 bore you should not have a problem with that, i've ran several .060 over blocks in a modified with no problems.

rico 08
posted May 10, 2003 12:25 PM
you said it needs bearings and rings?If it's a complete shortblock that's a really good deal,cheap for a bare block too.

posted May 10, 2003 04:29 PM
I understand it has the crank, rods and pistons. This guy has got a a bunch of heads. He has several sets of camelhumps. I don't know yet if I will be able to run them or not. I am still trying to figure out what I can use.

posted May 10, 2003 08:33 PM
i think your best bet would be to take it to a machine shop and have it checked out for 50 bucks you can't get hurt to bad even if the ey are a few things wrong with it a good cranks and set of 40 over pistons are worth well over 50 bucks. 40 over is a good bore size still have one good bore left in her 60 is the max you would want to bore one i have heard of guys running more than that on the street but not in a race car

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