We've run everything from complete crate engines to short-block builds on the dyno; most of which have seen success. Ground up engine builds still garner most of the attention though. There's just something about doing things yourself. It's the mindful approach that allows the builder to maintain an overall sense of control and allows them to pay careful attention to details. Obviously, there are plenty of preassembled stroker short-blocks available, but this time around we're going back to our roots and starting from ground zero.

It all starts with a bare block, and to handle ours we headed to Quarter Mile Performance (QMP) in Chatsworth, California, for a more hands on approach for our machine work. There, we completely prepped our bare four-bolt main 350 small-block from Engine Quest for its new life as a 383ci street brawler.

With our core in hand, we sent it through the ringer and gave it an align-hone, bore, deck, and hone; we even did a bit of clearancing for the longer rods on the CNC mill. This is something you're going to have to source out, so follow along as we detail our block's journey from bland to bold. The next time you see our block, we'll be installing a complete stroker rotating assembly from Eagle Specialty Products and topping it off with Edelbrock heads and manifold.

Quick Notes
What We Did
Align-hone, bore, deck, clearance, chamfer, and hone

Bottom Line
Our block is ready for its new life as a stroker engine

Cost (Approx)
$745

SOURCE
Automotive Racing Products
1863 Eastman Avenue
Ventura
CA  93003
800-826-3045
http://www.arp-bolts.com
QMP Racing Engines
9530 Owensmouth Ave. #2
Chatsworth
CA  91311
818-576-0816
www.qmpracing.com
EngineQuest
2580 N. Commerce St
North Las Vegas
NV  89030
800-416-8628
www.aaeq.net
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