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1969 Camaro 383 Stroker Removed, Disassembled.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 383 Stroker Horsepower Upgrade

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 383 Stroker Horsepower Upgrade

What a thing of beauty.  No, beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is an absolute quality, and this mill absolutely has it!  In my earlier post on this engine job I suggested that the engine was a crate item.  Turns out this is a proper ’69 block that has been hand-clearanced for the increased stroke from the use of a 400 crank.  This is less and less common as crate engine prices go down and the quality continues to go up.  The trail led to a crate engine because the cylinder heads on the engine at the time were later model heads with the ugly stock GM valve covers, and someone had used one of the red hole plugs in the valve cover to stub off the PCV vent hole.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 383 Stroker Horsepower Upgrade Valve Covers

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 383 Stroker Horsepower Upgrade Valve Covers

So the valve cover issue gets completely solved by installing the nicest looking Chevy Small Block valve cover ever made.  Again, that’s simply a fact.  Remember that beauty is an absolute quality, not a relative one.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 383 Stroker Horsepower Upgrade In Progress

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 383 Stroker Horsepower Upgrade In Progress

When increasing the hosepower to the point it will be at with the upgrades done to this ’69 Camaro an upgrade in torque converter is needed.  A more aggressive cam makes for a weaker idle and higher rpm band as it builds the power, so a stall converter solves both of these issues.  A stall converter drags less at idle, allowing for a more manageable, lower idle…and that sounds way cooler anyway.  And with a peakier engine it’s nice that the stall converter will slip along through the lower rpms so you can get to the power band right away.  So that’s why the engine is removed!  A cylinder head and camshaft upgrade can be done with the engine in-frame on a ’68 Camaro with no problem, but since we had to access the torque converter it’s more efficient to remove the engine than the usual transmission removal.

Next week the custom ground camshaft will be delivered and this bad boy will start going back together.  (Ya, had to go with a custom cam to get a reduced lobe size to clear the stroker crankshaft/rod assembly.)

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