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Yep! Have you looked into a 427, or 366 ?
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Yep! Have you looked into a 427, or 366 ?
Mine was a 454 . . . 4sp / 3.73 limited slip / 205 transfer case.
Gassers are . . . ok

The diesel-heads have mentioned a few times "gas is for washing diesel parts".

OP . . . if possible, get a Dodge/Cummins. They are a good set-up.

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Yep, a diesel will do the job reliably and be economical. I doubt if those lil 383 gassers can ever please ya...? The 50-60 ft lbs max of additional torque will be almost imperceptible towing a load with stock gearing. You'll want 200 ft lbs more torque... not 50. Your OEM electronic engine controls will not work with those 383s either. Gonna have to spend $$$ reprogramming there too, if you can even get them to bolt on to that '99 and prior motor design. Unless the gearing is changed and the cooling system upgraded, the gassers will probably run hot on long uphill runs too. If you really want a SBC gas motor you'll have to build one yourself with more dynamic compression and better heads and valvetrain... and gear the truck down to bring the RPMs up and multiply the torque output some more. 6k+ seems like a lot of money to me.... for a measly 50 ft lbs or so of additional torque? A BBC might net ya 120 -140+ ft lbs more if ya buy a big-cube one, but then everything else on the truck (electronics & cooling system minimum, what is the trans rated to handle?) would require upgrades too.

I've been through this same argument many times with determined folks. I remember two of them distinctly... cause both of those 'torquer' small block builds are still sitting on the owners floors wasting... with less than 1000 miles put on each one. They was just too wimpy (gas hogs too!) for the loads that the owners dreamt they'd be able to lash onto them.


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Ill be in the same boat as you, Im looking at a 383 stroker for when my old 350 dies.215k currently. Mine sits in storage during winter
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I went through this years ago. started with the small block, then upgraded to 454 one ton. Went to a first gen 12 valve now settled on a 3rd gen 5.9. No question the big block is a much better choice if staying with gas! it handled everything with ease that the small block struggled with, consistently got 9-12 mpg no matter what I had behind it, loaded or unloaded she drank the gas!

Then I stopped messing around and bought a cummins. It just does everything I ask without breaking sweat. no more 45 mph on steep grades, having to constantly watch my temp gauge....just load and go!

The extra money your considering could be better put towards a lower mileage diesel in my opinion.

I Cant stand the dodge body but love the motors! Chevy man at heart.
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lower gas counts for everything, plus power. i like my plymouth cars an such, but have also had many chevy's that i liked. course, im talking small scale, to hauling loads, least i'm talking.
i have seen a 350, gas converted to diesel. a waste of time, in my opinion.
that is a subject, i'm still sore about, an may discuss, at a later time.

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Had to go back an re read the complete string.... Page 7 And you are invested in that truck, new transmition, new tires, electric brakes, new dual exhaust, bed caps , hood scoop, lift kit, Lots of customizing ..... etc.... SO..... so ya! i'd still go with a big block. And YEP! I'd keep my eyes open for a good used dodge cummins, I've got no complains about my 3500
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Well yesterday I pulled the pin... Im having a 383 Stroker custom built. going 9.6.1 compression running 91+ octane, I'll get details on cam later. I'm planning on going with a Holley Sniper EFI, & Fast EZ-TCU to control the 4L60E which I'm getting rebuilt with corvette servos, capable of holding up to 500hptq+. Builder says with that set up I'll be well over 400+hp & 475ft/tq+. Should be have it in just over a month... I'm super stoked. She will be a new beast all together!!!
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Well yesterday I pulled the pin... Im having a 383 Stroker custom built. going 9.6.1 compression running 91+ octane, I'll get details on cam later. I'm planning on going with a Holley Sniper EFI, & Fast EZ-TCU to control the 4L60E which I'm getting rebuilt with corvette servos, capable of holding up to 500hptq+. Builder says with that set up I'll be well over 400+hp & 475ft/tq+. Should be have it in just over a month... I'm super stoked. She will be a new beast all together!!!
How much that run you? Congrats!!
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Well yesterday I pulled the pin... Im having a 383 Stroker custom built. going 9.6.1 compression running 91+ octane, I'll get details on cam later. I'm planning on going with a Holley Sniper EFI, & Fast EZ-TCU to control the 4L60E which I'm getting rebuilt with corvette servos, capable of holding up to 500hptq+. Builder says with that set up I'll be well over 400+hp & 475ft/tq+. Should be have it in just over a month... I'm super stoked. She will be a new beast all together!!!
How much that run you? Congrats!!

All in I should be just a hair over 10K.. US prices are soo much cheaper than in Canada...

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