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Rob Molloy

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« on: July 26, 2009, 02:24:27 PM »

Hello. As most of you know, I have a 59 Saratoga with the 383 V8. This winter I'm planning on tearing down the engine and rebuilding it. I'm thinking about upping the compression a little bit with new pistons, but I'm not too sure. Does anybody have any tips on what will need replacing? Here is my plan(ish)-
New gaskets, rings, seals, all that jazz
Potentially higher compression pistons, definitely new pistons at least
Port and polish
machined block
new carb and intake manifold
New exhaust (if anybody can give tips on different exhaust manifolds that would help to.

Thanks for helping someone who is half the age of their car! :D


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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2009, 05:52:23 PM »

I'm staying out of this rebuild...
 

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2009, 05:59:37 PM »

Sheeesh Rob. . .You don't want too much do you?
 
Just a word of caution, make sure you buy the right parts.  I believe that 383 in there is an RB.  Not a standard B Block like in later years.  Yours is on the order of a 413 or 440.  I'm working from memory, I could look it up for you if need be.
 
I believe that engine is already 9:1. Why do you want to raise it?  You can get a little from just shaving the heads slightly.
 
Along with your list above, I suggest balancing the crank and rods as well at making sure the crank is polished or turned.  Have the machine shop supply the bearings.  Even if you are just use stock pistons, you'll be fine.  That motor is pretty torquey the way it is.
 
 
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2009, 05:59:56 PM »

Quote from: Commando1
I'm staying out of this rebuild...
 
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2009, 09:40:14 AM »

Yes, a '59 383 is a raised-block motor.  Be sure that any parts you buy are done so with that in mind.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2009, 06:23:05 PM »

Eh, I was thinking of shooting for a little more power. Right now I'm just thinking of rebuilding it and sealing it all off engine wise. I'm sure the leaks all around the block aren't helping for power :D (by leaks around the block I mean just the gaskets and such. Being a california car was good for the body, bad for the seals)

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2009, 07:39:38 PM »

There's an outfit that makes factory duals for these in Florida.  Bolt right in.
 
Cam and 4 BBL, exhaust will do plenty
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2009, 04:31:23 PM »

ARP rod bolts and a high volume oil pump.

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