C2 Corvette Gets a Fresh 383

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If you’re thinking about going with a stroked small block in your ‘Vette, this thread is a must-read.

Owning and driving an all-time classic like the C2 Corvette is mostly a great thing. But like any other old car, miles and years eventually lead to worn out parts. And when things like your engine being to show their age, you’ve got a real decision on your hands. Should you stick with originality and perform a simple rebuild? Or should you take this opportunity to shore up the bottom end? After all, more power is never a bad thing, and no one will ever be the wiser, right?

This is exactly the dilemma that Corvette Forum member Patrick03 found himself in recently. And wisely, he sought out some advice in the forums before taking the plunge with his C2 Corvette.

“So I’m pulling my engine over Labor Day and I was planning to replace all there gaskets as there are oil leaks everywhere. Was also thinking about swapping out my cam. My long term plan is to rebuild the bottom end as it feels a little tired. Plan would be to stroke it to 383. I believe it is the original engine – ’64 365hp. Did a compression check and most cylinders are around 150 psi.

I don’t have the time to rebuild it now. But I thought ‘hey, I should keep my original block and drop in a 383 short block!’ My plan would be to keep the top end and exhaust as-is for now. When I have more time, I’ll pocket port the heads.

Everything should bolt right up to a 383 short block, right? I want to keep my non-vented valve covers and I know I have to do some modifications to get the PCV system to work. I’ll want a driver’s side dip stick. Anything else I should consider? Is a forged bottom end necessary if I’m not planning on outrageous power?”

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Corvette Forum, Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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