Project: SBC 350
I’ve had this in the works just as soon as I decided the 258 / 4.0 head / HEI /Borla header / Crane cam motor was just not enough. Finally sold off the last of the great blue 4.2.
So my goodest friend let me work off some debt for his spare 0010 4 bolt main 350. History on the block was from a 69 Vette. Good news there, but somewhere along the lines it lost the Vette body and the heads as well.
This isn’t going to be your typical pull a motor from the junk yard and bolt it in to the Jeep thread. I’ve got my T18a all set up for the swap as well as the D300 built up as well.
So I strip the block down after it’s sat in my shop all winter, and take it up to the machine shop for the once over. Turns out it’s been .030’d already and run hard as hell since then. Foreman asks if I want to find another block or go .060. ….. .060 it is. Sentimental value here, this block was basically a gift and I’m going to make it work. So we square it, check the deck, and measure up the rest. Turns out the crank is way out of spec as well. So I order up a new crank, main and rod bearings, new set of .060 pistons, and a host of other goodies while I’m at it.
Summit has everything to my door in three days so I’m back up to the shop with my pistons so Foreman can bore it and hone it.
Two days later and I’m picking up my block and my pistons are pressed in to the rods.
Back at Casa de Fatman, I get out the aircraft paint remover and kill this thing with a good layer of paint be GONE ! Brake cleaner, compressor running full time and my new lil brushes, I have this tang el spotless and ready to play. Five coats of Cheby orange and it’s look’n good. An hour of thread chase'n and we are ready to build !
New RMS upper installed and sealed in place, lubed up w waterproof. One new crank washed down and installed w new set of std bearings. Plastigage reads .002 across the caps, so feeling good. Pop the caps off, a good dose of oil to lube things up, bottom half of RMS sealed up and torque these caps down.
Ring the pistons, then clean em up again, set the upper bearings on the rods, a good coat of oil on the skirts after a 60 second dip in the oil bath, and we are thumping pistons into the holes. Plastigage again and pleased with eight readings of .0015 to .002. Clean up the journals and oil em up. Five cycles of the crank and everything feels A+. Torque to rotate is a consistent 32 #’s.
Wash down of the cam, bit o assy lube on the lobes and oil up the bearings and we have our new cam slid in place without a bump. Lil bit mo assy lube on the lifter flats and a dip in the oil bath and 16 tappets are ready.
Tomorrow I’ll set the heads, push rods, rockers, water pump, 710 pump, intake, oil adapter, and anything else I can get to. Sure, it won’t take long to work up to whatever it is I forgot to order.
Pics, ... you knew they were coming
On the way to the shop
Back at my shop and cleaned up:
Santa comes early (or late ?):
Like a candy store:
Cam in place:
I"ve been waiting for this!
looking forward to your progress...
I just pulled up a chair myself...this is what I want to do also, however, for now it pains me, but I dont have the time or money to go your route. I know my 350 runs, so just the basic intake, carb and dress up for now. Carry on :bowdown:Fatman, the drool is starting....:drool:
I now live vicariously thru you.....it's cheaper that way
Nice choice on heads! I love building new engines...that's half the fun of the whole deal! :2thumbsup:
What do the cam specs look like? I KNOW you dint stick no stock bumpstick in 'ere... :rtft:
Always the consummate craftsman, Fatman! Can't wait to follow this one! Whoohooo!
Is that Chevy orange a metallic? The second to last pic makes it look deep and glossy. Me likey!
Did you stroke it too???
Good, I got in on the first page!
Looking great :thumbsup:
Build this thing bro...
Some specs below. :rtft:
At least I can keep an eye on my old harmonic. :cheers2:
Specs on the build are as follows, Included Summit's #'s for the hell of it.:
Comp Cams Xtreme Energy Cam Kit
Gross lift .462 In .480 Ex
Duration 262 In 270 Ex
Lobe Separation 111.0 Going to set it at Zero advance.
Steel Internally Balanced Crank
Stock SBC Specs 3.480 Stroke
Speed Pro TRW Pistons Hypereutectic Flats 4.060in
Proform Gear Drive
All bearings are Federal Mogul A-series Bi-metal
FEM-2555CP ROD BEARING
FEM-4663MA MAIN BEARING SET
FEM-2100M CAM BEARING
FPP-2912 REAR MAIN SEAL
Edelbrock Angle Plug Heads 64cc chambers, 185cc intake runners
Edelbrock 7501 Performer RPM Air-Gap Intake Manifold
Summit OEM Harmonic 8”
Short Water Pump High Volume
Summit 1.5 Ratio Roller Rockers
Holley 670 Avenger Carb Single Feed
MSD HEI Distributer
MSD Ignition 6200 - MSD 6A CD Ignition
Hedman Headers Elite Shorty’s
Steel Thermal Coated
K&N X-Stream Air Flow 14” Wide 4”Tall
Part Number: KNN-66-3020
Everything else is pretty much cosmetic
what kind of cost are you looking at overall just on the motor and accessories for this build? I'm looking to throw something similar into the Scout 800 I'm going to build
I'm 90% sure the 304 currently in there is toast...
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