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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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283 engine, a good choice?

Hi guys, I'm a rookie on the subject, my chevelle 65 currently has a 250 engine, however a friend has a 283 engine from a 64 chevell, he also offered me a 350 engine but more current . I liked the idea of mounting a 283 engine to my car to be according to the year of my car, but I would like to ask what they think of the 283 engine and if you have to choose between a 283 of the 60s and a 350 of the late 70s what would you choose?
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 10:22 PM
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

Nothing wrong with a good 283 that has some power pac heads on it. Add a Performer, a 500 Eddy or 585 Avenger carb and a small set of headers and you should have a snappy little street combo.
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post #3 of 42 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 10:33 PM
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

If you are going for an original look, then use the 283. If you are going to hop it up, then bigger is always better.

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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

From a looks standpoint, what difference would there be if it was a 283 or a 350? Install an intake with the oil filler tube and I can't imagine anyone knowing the difference.
From an originality standpoint, since it had a six, going to a V-8 already makes it non original, why not enjoy the extra cubes?
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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 10:51 PM
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

My recollection of 283's was they loved to rev.
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

get the 350. don't look back.

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post #7 of 42 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 19, 12:41 AM
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350 with 283 looks, nice sleeper
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

350 five days a week, and twice on weekends.

A 283 is not a "horrible" engine, but it's a turd when mated with a Powerglide. 283/TH 700 could be an adequate combination.

Everything a 283 does, the 350 does better.

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350 five days a week, and twice on weekends.

A 283 is not a "horrible" engine, but it's a turd when mated with a Powerglide. 283/TH 700 could be an adequate combination.

Everything a 283 does, the 350 does better.
Yep, I agree w/everything.

I have 283 w/Powerglide on my ‘66 and even though I converted it to 4 barrel, dual exhaust, that Powerglide is making the car a slug. Car is a cruiser though, I put about 6K miles on it per year so it’s ok, but Powerglide is coming out over the winter.
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

I had a 283 with a powerglide 2 speed trans in a 66 Impala coupe.Man did that engine and trans combination leave you wanting for more cubes. Don't get me wrong even with the factory A/C it moved along just fine everyday but from a performance standpoint it was way underpowered.
Here is some advice from someone who had owned a 283 as a daily driver for about 3 years, get the 350 and don't look back.
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Where's your location ? are there any hop up parts readily available for that 283 where you live ?
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Take the 350, make it look period correct.
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350 and enjoy


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350 five days a week, and twice on weekends.

A 283 is not a "horrible" engine, but it's a turd when mated with a Powerglide. 283/TH 700 could be an adequate combination.

Everything a 283 does, the 350 does better.
Take his advice. What was fast in 1965 is a real dog by today's standards. I kept my original 327 with a 2004r and it's adequate but I wouldn't call it a fast car, just a cruiser. You get spoiled by driving modern cars and then comparing it to old iron.
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post #14 of 42 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 19, 9:48 AM
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Re: 283 engine, a good choice?

Torque, torque, torque. A 327 came with the car so you could go with that if you are trying to stay period correct. Cubic inches are key on the street car like this. Even with a small block the Chevelle can be heavy. The extra 50 cubic inches from a 327 bored 30 over to a 332 will really help. A 350 would also be good (with period correct look) but if you were trying to be period correct the 327 is the answer. I agree with the above, a 200/700 r would be another nice add on. I think a 350 has like 80-100 more foot pounds of torque than the 283 which is huge in this type of situation (like 30% more tq).
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Everything a 283 does, the 350 does better.
Except for gas mileage.

You can pull down some really excellent MPG numbers with a stock-ish 283 and 3.08 gears. If power is not a primary concern, and road trips to car shows, etc are in the plan, I think the 283 makes a fine choice. 22-25 mpg on a highway cruise should be easy if the 283 is left in a close-to-stock configuration and well tuned.

Years ago we were getting 23-24 mpg highway from a stock 307 with the small 2gc carb, stock "ThermAC" air cleaner heat, etc. Of course that's back when the speed limit was 55 and everyone drove 65 mph or under.

Of course, you can get 20 mpg with a 350 if you build it right, and it will be a lot more fun to drive. Maybe the 3-4 mpg trade-off is worth it.
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