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#1397174 Sun Feb 14 2021 12:36 AM
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Looking to get a 283 rebuilt for a truck project, any recommendations for a shop in NC or VA are appreciated.

Slick Willy #1397181 Sun Feb 14 2021 01:05 AM
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There's nothing particulatry mysterious about a 283, other than the fact that the newest ones are over 50 years old, and finding one that hasn't been rebuilt a couple of times already is going to be difficult. Are you looking for a "numbers-correct" restoration, or just a reliable daily driver? Finding a set of 58 CC combustion chamber 305 cylinder heads from the late 1970's or early 80's will be a lot simpler than locating rebuildable 283 heads, and they're a bolt-on swap that will give you the correct compression ratio.
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Hotrod Lincoln #1397186 Sun Feb 14 2021 01:32 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Definitely not a correct restoration, this will be going in a 52 International L132 to make it a driver. Will likely pair it with a sm465 and a 14 bolt rear end.

Slick Willy #1397189 Sun Feb 14 2021 01:59 AM
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I'd suggest finding a 305, then. It's got 1/2" more stroke, and a lot more torque than a 283. The only way to do truck stuff with a 283 is to run a very low gear ratio and keep it wound up all the time. There's also a bunch more 305's out there than 283's, and if you happen to have a correct engine number for a restorer to use, your engine will be worth a big chunk of pocket change, regardless of what condirion it's in at the moment.
Jerry


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Slick Willy #1397201 Sun Feb 14 2021 03:00 AM
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Have you considered an LS swap? rather than an old sbc?


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Slick Willy #1397202 Sun Feb 14 2021 03:03 AM
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What about a 345 or 392 and 5 speed?

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Rusty Rod #1397204 Sun Feb 14 2021 03:12 AM
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I already have the 283 and it does run and I know it won't be a powerhouse. My thoughts were if I don't use the 283 then I'd go with a 350 or a 383 stroker. How does the cost of the LS swap compare to the sbc? What manual trans would work? This truck will be hauling 2-3 tons.

EdPruss #1397205 Sun Feb 14 2021 03:15 AM
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Ed, are you talking about an international motor and trans? I would certainly consider it if I had access to that combo.

Slick Willy #1397206 Sun Feb 14 2021 03:17 AM
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If you do decide to use the 283, I'd suggest a few more gears- - - -like maybe a 2 speed rear end, or a Brownie. As I mentioned before, a lugged-down short stroke engine won't get out of its own way. I'd suggest a big block Chevy for doing some serious freight hauling- - - -a 427 or 454. You can find some low mileage big blocks in retired motorhomes.
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