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Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: Puryear] #601335 Tue Dec 15 2009 03:39 AM
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Puryear,

The easyest way to tell if you have a 1957 283 is to look for the "side" motor mount bolt bosses (the 3 raised nubs on both sides of the block that the motor mount bolts to). 1957 is the only year 283 that does not have them, they still used the front mount. ALL SBC's from 1958 and up have side mounts.

As for value, if it's a true truck motor it's worth about what any running SBC is worth. If by some chance it's a car engine the value could go up. The stamped number on the passenger side tab in front of the head will tell the tail.

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Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: Mike B] #601337 Tue Dec 15 2009 03:44 AM
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.... I think he is looking for an actual number. I would say a complete 283 that needs rebuild a good price would be $300. No more. I know a guy not far from me that has one for sale.... he is asking $300 but hasn't sold it in the past 6 months although I will admit he is not advertising it....just word of mouth.


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Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: Puryear] #601430 Tue Dec 15 2009 03:04 PM
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That could be a hard question to answer. 283's are still all over the place and rebuildables can be had for $10 to $600. A running 283 could be from $10 to $1500. I've spent $600 for a numbers correct block before. Power pack head are out there and you will spend more on them than they are worth unless numbers matching is your game. How specific do you want to be with correctness when you place it in your truck? If numbers are not important, I would find a 350 (cheaper and easier to find and rebuild) and dress it up to look like it belongs there.

Here is a couple of blocks.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/pts/1503740963.html

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts/1498230929.html

http://joplin.craigslist.org/pts/1492962928.html



Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: Builder] #601585 Wed Dec 16 2009 02:24 AM
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Ok I checked the side of the block and it does have the 3 holes so not original. I got a free 283 recently from a friend and he said the motor had been rebuilt. But it did have some rust in the cylinders but I manage to get it out(sat out side for ruffly 15 years but it was all sealed). so hopefully I will have it running this winter. Its time to replace my worn out 283 with something a little fresher. Thanks for the info!!!

Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: Puryear] #601677 Wed Dec 16 2009 08:06 AM
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For the power pak heads look on the front of the head for a triangle, that id's them as power pak 194 intake.Double hump/camel hump id's them as 202 intake.Price of a good 283 is what ever someone will pay,most go for the larger CID.327,350.


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Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: PapaJ] #602807 Sun Dec 20 2009 04:33 AM
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Power pack heads did not have 194 intakes the intakes where 172. power packs where found on 283 and 250 hp 327 engines. 300 hp 327 had 194 intakes. 375 hp and fuelie 327 had 202 camel hump heads.

Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: OldWolf] #602834 Sun Dec 20 2009 09:02 AM
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Guess I'd better read up on my manuals, My bad.


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Re: Questions about 283 V8 [Re: PapaJ] #602978 Mon Dec 21 2009 01:31 AM
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Something else to keep in mind, not all camel hump heads are 2.02 valves. There are camel hump heads out there with 1.94 valves. It's a case of using the same casting for a different application.


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