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Author Topic:   409
joetaylor
Member
posted September 19, 2004 08:19 PM
has any one ever run a chevy 409 and is it simular to the 400 or are they totaly different I can get 3 of these engines and I havent heard any thing about them so if you have any info o them it would be great if you will share

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if every thing is under control your not fast enough


dirtracer14
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posted September 19, 2004 08:26 PM
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Kromulous
Member
posted September 20, 2004 08:27 AM
The 409's were a Big block i think, something similar to a 427 chevy. If i remember right they had an odd looking head desgin, and were in ealry 60's full size chev's, impala's etc.

Popular in Drag racing them engines were i think, not sure thou.

dirtbuster
Member
posted September 20, 2004 09:48 AM
I think they were only made for a few years before the big block as most people know it was introduced. You would prob be better off finding a collector interested and sell them and then buy either small block or big block stuff because of parts availability. I dont know much about them performance wise but from a cost/replacement/parts availibility standpoint i think it might a headache.


x13jc
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posted September 20, 2004 03:11 PM
there was a song recorded back in the 60's by the beach boys, it was called "My 409". Cool song.

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joetaylor
Member
posted September 20, 2004 07:54 PM
that I kinda what I thought I didn't know if it was worth messing with

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if every thing is under control your not fast enough


Donnie Ross
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posted September 20, 2004 08:00 PM
you can probably sell those in a heart beat real collectors item for guys restoring early 60's iron.


racer17j
Member
posted September 20, 2004 09:09 PM
i'm with donnie if you can get um cheap do it and take then to a hot rodder swap meet they will bring a pretty penny


Sick&Twisted
Member
posted September 24, 2004 11:14 PM
The 409 was the beging of the big block craze they were built from 58 to 64 in cars and 58 to 66 in trucks the engines themselves were a great engine the just didnt like to keep valves inside the covers.
The engine built good low to mid range power but you didnt wont to over spin it or it would make a mess on the ground for you to clean up.Take them to a chevy wsap and make a big profet.


klw45black
Member
posted September 27, 2004 09:16 AM
trivia tip for ya the 348 & 409s have the same main bearing spacing as a Big chev. so you could make a killer destroked big chev with one of these cranks. The only diff. is the crank snout is a smaller dia. so a sleeve would have to be made to slide a later model balancer. and the main bearing dia. is smaller so spacers would have to be used. the 348 is a 3.25 stroke & the 409 is a 3.5


joetaylor
Member
posted September 27, 2004 08:29 PM
so what you aer saying is that it is a early big block

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if every thing is under control your not fast enough


klw45black
Member
posted September 28, 2004 09:01 AM
Yep, it's a early design of the BBC, but other than the cranks & the rods they don't share much else with the current BBC. with the exception of typical chev designed commons like bellhouseings & fuel pump, ignition. After that, the block, water pump, heads (heads are W shaped)intakes & exhaust are all one of a kind deals. Just like everyone else said I'd snag'em up find a buyer and use the cash to build something with more available OEM & aftermarket parts


mansfief
Member
posted September 28, 2004 11:07 AM
The 348 was avaliable in the 58 chevy. My brother had a ugly four door with a 348. Out ran every thing in sight. Ah, those were the days.