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Engines that are limited to cubic inch rules you never see long strokes small bores. They work best in lower rpm engines. You only see long stroke small bore in engine masters they limit rpm, other wise it would be big bore, short stroke engines.
Lots of ways to get to 500 cu, you only see a 4.730 bore very short stroke, very low deck.
358 limit easy to get there with longer stroke, small bore. All you will see very big bore very short stroke.
I know i will end up buying a large bore block for its cylinder size and better strength.
RPM is power plain and simple if needed just gear it.
Nothing like an engine that just keeps pulling and pulling and pulling regardless what cubic inch it is.
I'm sick of driving around in low rpm stuff. Maybe its the 35 yrs of 1400 ft lb, 1600 rpm engines shifting every 400 rpm lol.
Last edited by Little Mouse; 08-10-2011 at 09:36 AM.
i saw that at the bookstore said 302 on the cover, think it used a 3.25crank kind of disapointed me wanted to see the power at 302 cubes.
They say the trans am engines made 485hp. Would not be hard to make more today with todays stuff.
I have an offenhauser cross ram the bottom part of it looks like an exact copy of the bottom of chevy manifold. the top plate is different. In one of my 69 mags there is an add for the same manifold i now have. probably did just copy it. Think i read smokey yunick did the devolpment work on the cross ram in 1967 for chevy for the 68 season.
According to the article they used a 283 small journal crank with bearing adapters for a large journal 302 block. The final combination made 519HP and 400 ft lbs of torque, obviously at an elevated RPM range.
My other car is a '69 Z28 and I have the factory 302 (safely in the basement). For years I ran the 302 and overall liked the engine but it was hard on parts and required steep gearing (I ran 4.56's all the time). I got tired of running 4000 RPM's to get anywhere and decided to retire the 302 before it got destroyed and moved to a 350 with my 302 heads and intake. The car is much more pleasant to drive and less stressful. Now it has 4.10 rear gears and a TKO600 so I can cruise down the interstate at 75MPH and about 2500 RPM's.
I will say that it was an awesome sounding car at 8000 RPM's, and scary if you missed a gear.
Three inch stroke cranks are not that hard to find, ebay, team camaro, etc. The pistons are readily available from JE, CP or Venolia.
ya theres other places for cranks other then crower. Just never been very
wild about using the factory block. Have not even checked them out to make sure there usable then costs in machining it. So if i were to go aftermarket block can't see spending $1500,$3000 for a block and not go big bore cylinder. At this point its no longer any claim of 302 cu.
I have a new set of 6.250 long rods. That would allow a lighter piston normally used for a 6.00 rod 3.50 stroke. Would use a 49cc chamber head with the short stroke get rid of or most or all of the extremely big dome it takes to get any compression out of a 302. I was going to go forward on building a 302 put it in a light 2500lb street rod in the past. Have since changed my mind on a street rod.
Last edited by Little Mouse; 08-11-2011 at 08:58 PM.
I have a big bore short stroke engine and LOVE it! I had traction issues with the built 355 I once had so I wasn't too concerned with "giving up" torque even though my newer/ bigger engine would be making more torque than the 355 I was already running. I scored a great deal on a Bryant billet 3.625 stroke crank on ebay and built from there. My 388 (4.125/3.625) runs excellent, idles and cruises just fine around town. When the hammer drops, the power is instant and just builds as the RPMs rise. This is truely the only car I've ever owned where I can't floor it, I have to drive it with a gentle right foot.