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    Default can you make a stroker out of a 396?

    i have never messed with a 396 but i have one sitting on the engine stand fresh actually coated in cosmeline, just wondering what it would take to get the 396 up to par.

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    Most used was a 454 crank in a 396 made a 440.
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    do ya happen to know what rods?

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    Par?
    What's your goal/intended use?
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    hell i just want to run as good as i can on pump gas, and just kicking around different options i have a .060 454 also just want best bang for my buck, i still want to be able to drive the tx-19 as far as possible, but have some really good performance too.

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    hell i just want to run as good as i can on pump gas, and just kicking around different options i have a .060 454 also just want best bang for my buck, i still want to be able to drive the tx-19 as far as possible, but have some really good performance too.
    Build the 454. The pistons for the 396 stroker are not cheap and not many choices. The cheapest is the KB Hypereutectic. About $400 a set.
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    +1 on building the 454. Even though you can still get an easy 450+hp out of a 396/402 without even stroking it, the parts availability/cost alone make the 454 a no brainer choice. You'll have additional torque and hp the extra cubes will naturally provide and a lower build cost.
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    Don't worry about the +.060 on the 454, all that I have seen will go to +.100 and most to +.125. We have done some to +.140 with no issues too. Did a dragrace 454 out to 502 standard once with a partially filled block with no problems either. BTW, several companies sell a +.070 piston/ rings for the squeemish types. P.S. since you asked, many 396s will bore to 454/427 std. size, as long as there is no core shift. TIMINATOR
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    Take the 396 crank and put it in the 454 block to have a 427. Or stroke the 454 and have a 496.

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    I have a 402 bored to 4.25...(427) the block is probably bored as far it's gona go and a 454 crank won't clear the bottom of the cylinders.


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    Default 396/454

    I have a set of pistons we had made for this combo(Ross), never used them. small domes. will need to verify bore size, (396 +.030 or 402 +030) will let them go real reaonably or trade for ?

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    A 440 is a screaming motor , I am starting to get the parts and pieces together as we speak

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    Screamer? There is no replacement for displacement, the only way to make a smaller motor make the same HP as a bigger one is with more compression, and more speed parts and that equals more money than the bigger one. We're not talking bored out 283s here in a shoebox Nova with a crapload of rearend gear and a 4 speed. Jetboats thrive on power at middle rpms. Same power at higher rpms(screamer) equals cut back impeller and therefore a less efficient pump = less fuel mileage. When explained to my customers, they have always gone for the bigger,but less exotic engines and have always been pleased with the fuel mileage. Besides, anyone with a flow bench will tell you that the bigger the bore, the less shrouding of the valves(especially on a Big Block Chevy). The power goes up with the bigger bore more than the cubic inch gain would suggest. For the peeps that can't afford a 496 or bigger, the best bang for the buck is most definatly a 482 (+ .125"), especially a long rod deal. A borenotched 482, all else being equal will run with a 496 un-notched. Ya still gotta bore notch them all for the BEST power, but the 482 notched is cheap "bang for the buck" HP anyway. P.S. some 396/402 blocks need to be notched carefully for the 454 crank, some do not. TIMINATOR
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    Oh yeah, I ran a 440" BBC (427 +.060), alum square port heads, +.125 rods(cheap way to go, you use an off the shelf 454 piston), Crane RR274 cam, 1050 on a Team G, 5000 stall TCI convertor, and 4.11 gears in my 210" rearengined dragster. It ran 8.37at161 mph. When I freshened it I put standard length rods back in it and a 454 crank (same pistons, new rings), with everything else the same and it ran 8.09 at 163. Changing the gears for 3.91s dropped the finish line rpms a few hundred, and the 60 foots were off a few hundredths but I liked telling everybody it only had 3.91s in it. So much for screamers in my book! Just my preferance. I run a 598 now, on regular gas too. TIMINATOR
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