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goneagain #627504 Wed Mar 10 2010 01:46 AM
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Nice of you to report back, it helps us all a bit. Too many people forget to do that.

Avette4me #627567 Wed Mar 10 2010 04:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Avette4me
[quote=Project Helen]I recommend a Torque convertor out of a corvette.

For what it's worth, there's nothing special about a vette torque converter. Any chevy converter will work, you just have to get the right stall for your application. [/quote]

Exacty. Different Stalls for different vehichles and applications. There are numerous stalls available. Corvettes use a higher RPM stall.This will help get you into the "seat of the pants" launch, where as most chevy "passenger" cars you do not want that, just a nice smooth take off.

Project Helen #627610 Wed Mar 10 2010 07:23 AM
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and he is going to launch with a stock 283?

padresag #627658 Wed Mar 10 2010 03:13 PM
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STOCK 283? WHAT IS THAT? I know I could get more out of a 383 but I want to keep the engine early.

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padresag #627827 Thu Mar 11 2010 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by padresag
and he is going to launch with a stock 283?

You seem to underestimate what a 283 will do. Remember the 283 and 327 were the engines they had to work with back in the 50's and 60's. Built right a 283 will produce easily 340HP

Project Helen #628635 Sat Mar 13 2010 09:50 PM
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I am running a 283 with a TH350 in my 49 suburban. Everything bolts up. Starter bolts to the block.


Weeds #634742 Sun Apr 04 2010 02:41 AM
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I'm with Weeds. I have a '59 283 block with a TH 350 in my '49 1/2 ton. Everything, including the starter, bolted right up.

Last edited by pablos49; Sun Apr 04 2010 02:42 AM.

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pablos49 #643954 Thu May 06 2010 07:36 AM
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My 63 C10 came stock with the 283, Powerglide, and 3.73 rearend. I had no problem smoking the tires.

The 283 is one of the most underrated of the small block V8's. People tend to forget that it launched many of the early Corvettes, Impalas, and ChevyII's before the advent of the 327. It even held it's own pretty well after the 327 came out.

62Stick #644138 Fri May 07 2010 12:11 AM
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Nothin wrong with a 283. Twisters!!!! FOrged crank stock too.

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