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Flying Kiwi

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Hi all, Have just pulled the 383 out of my 72 RR, it should be a 400 I know but that was what was in it. to do engine bay for the resto. found a whole lota crap in the thermostat housing, so had it stripped down to get cleaned. Hmmm seems it a mess crank moves 3-4 mm back n forth etc it is 30 thou over. so needs completely doing. the thing is it going to cost approx $15000 nz to do. I would prefer to put in a 400 but are like rocking horse shit here. Ive found a 440 for 6grand that is only done 1000 miles since recond or a 1972 413 out of a Winnebago for $3000 no heads tho. and my 383 1s are totaled says engineer. what do you think is my best solution. what if im able to find a 400 in the mighty US of A what would I be looking at dollero wise.
 

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Just what my 383 used block that was in stock condition never bored. 400 dollars plus shipping. This was a bare block. We only had to go 20 thou. over. With these blocks becoming rarer to find sure the cost is going up. Good luck on your hunt for a block. Found mine on E bay.
 

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Hi all, Have just pulled the 383 out of my 72 RR, it should be a 400 I know but that was what was in it. to do engine bay for the resto. found a whole lota crap in the thermostat housing, so had it stripped down to get cleaned. Hmmm seems it a mess crank moves 3-4 mm back n forth etc it is 30 thou over. so needs completely doing. the thing is it going to cost approx $15000 nz to do. I would prefer to put in a 400 but are like rocking horse shit here. Ive found a 440 for 6grand that is only done 1000 miles since recond or a 1972 413 out of a Winnebago for $3000 no heads tho. and my 383 1s are totaled says engineer. what do you think is my best solution. what if im able to find a 400 in the mighty US of A what would I be looking at dollero wise.
A bare 440 block here are now $1400.00 and up. Buying a 50+ year old block is kind of a crap shoot. A built running 440 for 6k may sound like a lot of money but if it comes with any guarantee, it may not be a bad deal. By the time you are done building a 440 it is going to cost around that kind of money. I couldn't imagine what the shipping cost from the US would be.
 
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