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Have you guys heard of them? I was thinking of buying a 383 stroker motor from them when i get the velle. 430 horsepower for about 3 grand. It doesnt sound like that much for a stroker. COuld i get more power out of it by just buying the short block kit and putting on different heads and rockers, etc? I have friends that could build motors, but i would rather have a pro build short block to start out with, rather than a 17 year old building one in his garage.

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Josh,

I would not advise getting anything machined or assembled by SOM. If you want to buy the parts and have a local builder assemble it that should be okay. They assemble and machine these things for basically free as seen in their prices; they can't or don't do any checking and are extremely difficult to deal with when there's a problem. There are literally HUNDREDS of negative posts on a couple of other boards (in fact just finished one on the second gen Camaro board this a.m.) and I have personally seen it firsthand from myself and friends.

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Just put together a motor w/ SOM 383 kit. Was supposed to be balanced and ready to go. At the last minute I decided to have my machist check the balance. Was not even up to factory specs let alone a performance motor. In my opinion double check eveything they do.....

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Jody, what's the IP address for the 2nd Gen board. I used to have a '76.

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I have to agree, I have heard a lot of not so good about SOM. It isn't the same company it once was years ago (they started in 1948 or 49). As far as buying packaged parts goes, they are fine and prices are competive. They are about 10 miles from me and I get stuff from them but some things wouldn't buy from them. I feel they have a "get it out the door" mentality.

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Thanks for the replys guys. Some help you cannot get anywhere else than here. Are they any good manufactures of complete engines?

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I bought a 383 long block from them in 1998 for a limited time offered price of $1,600 (actually $845 for the short block). It had 202 heads and a moderate cam. It was well worth the money. The motor was meant for a 67 Nove but instead made it into a boat and performed fantastic.
 

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Heck, just do a search for SOM or Speed-O-Motive in the various Team Chevelle topic areas and you will find mostly bad reviews - including mine!

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