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[email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

OK, based on the feedback from my earlier post, and some research, I think I'm going to put a 350 in the CJ this winter. The idea is to get something more reliable that I can feel comfortable about driving out west and back (I just don't have that kind of confidence in my current mill) and while I'm at it a little more power. So my plan so far is as follows, thoughts and comments are welcome/encouraged:

1) Base is a Base GM crate, I can get this locally for about $1500 (250 HP)
<a target="_blank" href=http://sallee-chevrolet.com/ChevySmallBlockV8s/gen350.html>http://sallee-chevrolet.com/ChevySmallBlockV8s/gen350.html</a>

2) Will junkyard for brackets, distributor (non-HEI, I have an MSD), and stuff. Assume that stock exhaust manifolds will be OK?

3) Will be putting V-belts on it (what can I say, I like simplicity).

4) Will be putting a Q-Jet on it (what CFM?)

5) Already have a line on an NV4500/Chevy bellhousing/clutch assembly

6) Already have a line on motor-mounts.

7) Have a new 3 core radiator, figured I would at least try that before I move up the road with cooling.

8) Need Harmonic balancer and flywheel

So what have I missed?
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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

What engine are you pulling out, if not a SBC 350 is there a core charge???
If it is a SBC 350 I would seriously consider a 383 stroker motor, with a good RV cam makes bunches more torque at lower rpm. You may even be able to get a 383 crate motor from your source, if not try Summit or PAW. As far as the Carb goes, something the 600/650 cfm should be fine.
Wrecking yard brackets are fine. Any SBC flywheel and balancer should be okay.

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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

350s are great, but why not get a 383 stroker if you are buying a crate motor anyway. The only reason I am chiming in is because of a article in the October 2002 issue of 4Wheel Drive &amp; SUV. On page 36 there is a 5 page article on GM Performance's new 383 Crate. Here are the GM part numbers if you are interested (Crate PN 12497317) (short block PN 12498332). The Crate made 267 lb-ft of torque at 2400 and [email protected] Those numbers were with a Q-Jet carb.

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PS If I were buying a 350 without a core. I would find a late model wreck with a complete Fuel Injected setup. Complete pull-outs with computer and wiring can be had for around $1500 or less.

EDIT: Here it is at Sallee.....
http://www.sallee-chevrolet.com/Chev...8s/HT_383.html
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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

Herb,

Besure to rember me when it comes time to donate all of your 258 goodies! BTW I have 2 q-jets in the garage that need rebuilding.

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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

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3) Will be putting V-belts on it (what can I say, I like simplicity).

<hr></blockquote>You have a contradiction here. As they used to say, "Ask the man that owns one." Serpentine is SO-O-O nice.
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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

Ah, but what do you do with a serpentine system that loses an idler pulley? What do you do with a serpentine system that eats a $75 belt on Sunday at 6:15 in the afternoon? I've had both of these happen, and I can get a v-belt out of the woods with some sort of band-aid or spares.
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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

there is a good chance your 3 row might not be enough. i am with you though run what you have and see for sure before you spend any $$$ on a new one. good luck
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I'm gonna agree with Tom, go with fuel injection.
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Where you buying those belts?

I got a lot of things to sell you if you pay those prices.
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Re: [email protected] the checkbook, full 350 ahead!!!

That is very high price on a belt. A 350 serpentine shouldn't cost more than $12 -15. I carry a spare for my 4.3 and I have never broke a belt on it. I can't stand v-belts particularly on the power steering pump. If you need to run extra accessories that use a v-belt just use the add on pulleys.
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