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Old 08-24-2007, 08:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation 350 CrankShaft

I have a 350 in my 78' camaro that came out of a 1 gen, but it need more power ....... it has new flat head pistons (i think 40 over) and new cam..... i'll get the number when i get home....... i want to change the crank shaft but not sure size to put in
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Re: 350 CrankShaft

Changing a crankshaft involves a lot more than just knowing "what size".

If you intend to "stroke" the engine (increasing the stroke to increase dislacement), the pistons must be changed unless you can use the Chevy 5.565" rods (not recommended). You Can put a 3.75" stroke in there by using the 400 rods, but the rod/stroke ratio is woefully low.

You would be way ahead to buy a good (forged steel crank, not cheap) rotating kit from a supplier such as Eagle Specialty Products. The kits contain crank, rods, pistons, rings and bearings, for the specific application. Avoid the cheap (under $300) Chinese cast cranks. We've seen nothing but grief from them when trying to make power or rev. They're fine for a pickup truck that won't see 5,000 RPM. We're talking a "383" here.

Another approach is to get a Chevy factory 400 crank (the only decent "casting" out there with this stroke), turn the main journals down to fit in the 350 block, and piece a kit together.

Be sure you use a 4-bolt block, too. Chances are good that you're block IS a 4-bolt, but make no assumptions. One must actually pull the pan and LOOK. We've seen Chevy casting numbers all over the map regarding the 4-bolt thing.

There's a significant amount of grinding in the crankcase, to get clearance for the rod bolts. A "small base circle" cam is also recommended, as the rod bolts can "clip" the nose of an aggressive cam.

This is really a job for a professional engine builder, unless you have mass experience and a good set of machinist's tools. Building a stroker is not the same as an overhaul!

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Re: 350 CrankShaft

There are other things you can do besides swap crankshafts...

But before you can turn your mild bunny into a raging beast you need to beef up everything behind the engine too, too much power will blow the tranny up, twist your drive line into a pretzel, or at the very least break the u-joints. Then there are also the issues with upgrading the brakes to handle the new found horse power.

Just putting dual exhaust on will work wonders and wake up even the tamest V8 engine, there are also headers, alternate cam shafts (i.e. an RV cam (lots of torque)), high performance aluminum intakes and carbs, you probably already have an HEI distributor, but there are even upgrades for that.

Something else that will do wonders is to get all the $#!^ out of your car, all that weight from everything dumped in the back seat and stuff that has been in the trunk for months is added weight that makes the engine work harder and sends your gas mileage downhill. I'm not saying your car is like this but I have been people's who are.
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