Your opinion on these 2 crate engines...

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by RePhil, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. RePhil

    RePhil Veteran Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Lorain, OH
    If you had to choose between the 2 crate engines below, which would you go with? Please consider all specs given and price. I'm having a hard time picking between the 2! :confused:

    Any and all comments/discussion about them will be greatly appreciated. I need to decide by Thanksgiving in order to get the prices shown.

    YearOne 350 crate engine (part # CT350PC1)

    Price: $2679 shipped


    ·Horsepower: 400+
    ·Torque: 400+ ft/lbs
    ·Compression ratio: 9.5:1
    ·Dyno-tested: Yes, includes balancer and 14" flexplate
    ·Dyno sheet: Included with engine's output
    ·Vacuum produced: 12hg @ 800RPM
    ·Recommended fuel: 92 octane
    ·Max recommended RPM- 6000
    ·Block: Seasoned 4-bolt iron
    ·Crankshaft: Nodular iron
    ·Pistons: Hypereutectic
    ·Connecting rods: Powdered metal
    ·Camshaft- Hydraulic roller
    ·Valve lift:.520"
    ·Duration @ .050" (int/exh): 218deg/228deg
    ·Rocker arms: 1.6:1 ratio
    ·Cylinder heads: Ported Vortec
    ·Valves: Stainless steel 2.02 int/1.60 exh
    ·Valve springs: Heavy duty
    ·Bore x Stroke: 4.030" x 3.48"
    ·Intake manifold: Dual-plane aluminum
    ·Oil pan, timing cover, valve covers included
    ·Engine fasteners: High tensile strength
    ·Warranty: 12 month/12,000 miles

    Blueprint Engines 383 crate engine (part # BP3830CT)

    Price: $2889 shipped




    Compression Ratio:
    9.5 to 1

    .487Int / .508 Exh & 234 Int / 244 Exh duration @ .050 - 110 degree lobe sep.

    Ignition Timing:
    13 to 16 Degree Initial / 34 Degree Total

    4 bolt main block
    Passenger side dipstick
    Square and parallel decked
    Align honed main bearing bore
    Cylinders honed on computer controlled machine to within .0002 straightness and roundness
    Cylinders are sonic tested for thickness

    Rotating Assembly:
    New SCAT cast crankshaft
    Keith Black Hypereutetic pistons
    Chevy heavy beam rods with 150,000 psi bolts
    Hastings Moly rings
    Balanced rotating assembly
    Melling high volume oil pump
    Flat tappet hydraulic lifter camshaft
    Heavy duty double roller timing set

    Cylinder Heads:
    New Cast iron "vortec" heads
    1.25 diameter valve springs
    Hardened retainers and springs
    2.02 swirl polished intake valves
    1.60 swirl polished exhaust valves
    Hardened push rods

    A Ton Of Extras:
    Professional Products dual plane satin finish intake manifold
    9.5 to 1 compression
    New chrome valve covers
    Brass freeze plugs
    Dyno tested – and shipped with results
    Comes with 30 month / 50,000 mile warranty
  2. ZS10

    ZS10 Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2003
    BC, Canada
    If I had to take one it would be the top one for the roller cam.

    But honestly, I'd spend more and buy a used LSx , than bother messing with a conventional sb.
  3. Dirt Reynolds

    Dirt Reynolds Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2003
    BC, Canada
    They both look good -- I can understand your dilemma. The torque of the 383 would probably sway me to that engine over the 350 with the GM 'HOT' cam. Having ran a 413ci small block with ported Vortecs and a hyd FT cam with very similar specs -- 234/244 .488"/.510" 114° LSA -- I'd have to say that engine will really rip. I'd go for the 383 if it was me.
  4. torquejunky

    torquejunky Veteran Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Maitland, FL (Orlando)
    If I had to pick I'd go with #2 I love my 383. Have you considered getting a short block and then you can hand pick everything else like your cam, heads, intake, etc?
  5. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 25, 1999
    San Jose, CA, USA
    #2 is too cheap... they cut some corners somewhere
  6. shawntmartin

    shawntmartin Veteran Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    Tough call, I love the roller cam. But I love the torque of the 383. The first engine has ported heads so a bigger cam might wake it up. I'd like to see what the 1st engine would do with the 2nd engines cam specs. I wonder why the 2nd engine isn't producing more HP with those cubes and that cam. Where does your stall converter stall at?. That 2nd cam is substantially bigger than what a stock converter can handle, I would think. So do you have to spend a few hundred more for another converter? Also it doesn't come with a balancer and flexplate so add that in the difference. A stall, balancer, and flexplate can add another $500 or so.

    Lowend, yea, thats cheap!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2007
  7. Mwilson

    Mwilson Veteran Member

  8. kik_start

    kik_start BANNED

    Sep 3, 2006
    gone crazy
    No replacement for displacement...right? ;)
  9. 71 Z27 LS3

    71 Z27 LS3 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    N3w J3rs3y
    Number 2 more cubes the better.
  10. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 25, 1999
    San Jose, CA, USA
    #2 costs about half of what it should, I'm telling you; it's not a good buy.
    A good 383 should cost $4.5-$6K done right

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