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Nice nice nice. I see your car has the "POCKITAS, heh! Pockita-pockita-pockita. Nice solid sounding motor. Mark L
 

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Thanks for all of the comments everyone! The big block swap was pretty easy. Of course I had a heads up on all of the issues I would run in to.

Thanks again!

Joe
 

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396/402/427 Chevys are such a great engine! Seems everyone wants to go huge cubic inches, and they overlook these wonderful smaller big blocks that have so much potential!
 

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396/402/427 Chevys are such a great engine! Seems everyone wants to go huge cubic inches, and they overlook these wonderful smaller big blocks that have so much potential!
This is my first big block and I love it! I put 427 badges on my car even though it's a 402. 427 and 396 sound more iconic than 402 anyway.
 

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A 402 is nothing more than a factory .030 over 396. By now every 396 made is probably at least a 402 (.030 over or .060 over). They are great motors. Mark L
 

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I had thought about seeing if my 402 could be bored to a 427. I read certain 402's could be bored that much. I didn't want to take a chance ruining my block so I didn't try it.

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Even the 402's that can be bored to 427's run hot when you take them that far. Best to stay at a max of .060 over.
 

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I agree with '46. Not unusual to go 4.25 for a strip motor and live. But the short runs don't encounter the over heating of a thin block. Mark L
 

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I'm glad I stuck with the stock bore. If the 402 ever dies, then I'm set up for a much larger big block. In the mean time I'm happy with what I have.

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Thanks! I have taken the scoop off the hood and put my front bumper back on. If I'm going to go the gasser route I need to do it right. I'll find another hood and actually cut a hole in it. I'll go with another style scoop too.
 

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I had a '57 gasser wagon back in the 70's and since I wanted to lose weight and hated the front bumper, I built a tube bumper from lightweight 1.5" tube that traced the shape of the top on the original bumper. Then had it chromed and it looked really great, but not so bulky as stock '57 bumpers. On the ends I welded round plugs to finish the ends off.
 

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The front bumper is super heavy. I ran out of room in my garage and put mine back on. It does look better with out it.
 
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