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My "new" block:

 

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Its a Chevy 350 cast in 2000, came out of a wrecked truck. Because its a late model Generation I block it is cast to accept a roller cam and lifters, which saves a lot of money over buying retrofit roller lifters for blocks made before 1987. I'm building a 383 with it to swap with the tired old L48 in the 'Vette. It goes to the machine shop on wednesday to get cleaned up, checked out, and prepped.

 

The fascinating thing about this engine is that with only relatively minor changes it was produced by GM from 1955 until 2002 (still casting them in Mexico I think), starting at 265cid and going up to 400cid. Its a classic piece of engineering and a small piece of Americana. :good:

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