i have an 85 monte carlo ss

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  1. holy diver

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    they came with a 305 stock but it has a 400 in it right now, i am thinking about swapping the engine but i cant decide if i should stick with the 400. discuss :o
     
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    just drop a 350 in it like every other person with a Monte Carlo.
     
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    why shouldnt i go with the 327 or the 383 stroker?
     
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    teh 383 would be pretty cool:coolugh:
     
  5. nianguaus

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    Stick with the 400. It will make more power than either the 327 or 383.
     
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    thats what i was thinking :o
     
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    time for an LS1/T56 swap :o
     
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    i 2nd the opinion
     
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    no replacement for displacement
     
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    how much would that cost?
     
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    its a chevy 400. i havent driven the car in years but i do remember that it would pass almost everything but a gas station :o
     
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    The only problem I've ever heard about the SBC400 was that it tends to overheat.

    Bigger radiator and beefier water pump would fix that as well as electric fans.
     
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    i already thought of the bigger rad, i was thinking of getting a fiberglass cowl hood cause i want to replace it anyways... that should help a little too... right?
     
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    cowl hoods suck.

    If you're going to stick with the 400, get a bigger radiator, a higher flowing water pump and build from there.

    An oil line above the cam won't hurt either, but it isn't requirement.
    Oh yeah, ditch the shitty clutch fan and go dual electric. You'll reclaim some power and not heat your shitty designed block up as fast.
     
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    Dont do the 400. They are overheating rod chucking pieces of shit.

    Here are my recomendations in order
    454 / 496 or bigger
    LS1
    383
    LT1
    350

    My.02
     
  16. Ivy Mike

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    GM really should have used a different block when they built the 400.

    You'll want an oil cooler as well. Also, wrap the headers (if you get a set) with header wrap. This will help keep the heat from escaping (back into the engine bay) and will also keep gas velocity high.
     

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