Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Vancouver, Washingon
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Re: frist time rebuilding need help
Using a SBC 400 crankshaft in a SBC 350 block will dent even the thickest of wallets. My personal opinion, build the 350 with stock (low cost) 17cc dish piston, stock 5.7 rods. I have a personal like for Competition Cams, but I've been pleased with Delta reground RV cams (ultra low cost). Stock SBC 350 stuff is the least expensive route to go. All in all a SBC 350 bottom end bored / honed and assembled (stock parts) should be about $385 or so.
Now as for the heads, I'm very pleased with the L31 Vortec heads being sold by GM. Using L31 Vortec heads and stock 17cc dish pistons will have a compression ratio of about 9:1 which usually is OK with 87 ocatne unleaded gas. All in all expect to spend $700 going with brand new set of Vortec heads, brand new Edelbrock dual plane intake manifold for Vortec head, new intake manifold bolts, new self aligning rocker arms, new Vortec intake manifold gaskets and some other odds and ends (like center bolt valve covers).