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    283 sbc in a 87?

    I found a disassembled 1955 Chevy 283 on Craigslist for $65. I was looking at the pictures and concerned about a few things. I believe I have the know how to put this together and make it run. So here are my questions.
    SBC 283 $65 Boise Craigslist

    1. Rust Removal: How hard would it to be to remove that rust and still have usable parts.
    2. Availability of parts: Such as gaskets, parts.ect
    3. Installation: Will it fit without too much welding?

    Any comments would be nice too, I am wondering how well an old rusty block, heads, cams.ect would clean up or if its just better to take it to the scrapyard.
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    It depends on how bad the rust is - vinegar is a safe and effective rust remover. If the rust is thick and scalely in the bores or ports or combustion chambers, they are scrap.
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    Usually you have the block and heads hot tanked, and then machine the important surfaces. Look for 350 info, the blocks are the same externally.

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    if its' a stock '55 V8, then it's a 265 and not a 283.
    Get me the casting #'s and I'll tell you what it is.
    I'm dropping a 283 in my 88 long bed and thought that my Chevy II oil pan would make room for the center link but NO..
    A friend said to notch the back of the pan instead of the front.
    I just didn't feel like cutting a 150.00 oil pan. BUT I might have to.
    If you have the stock distributor (points) get a pertronix set up and run an external coil. The small head will give you more clearance.

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    They're still making parts for all SBC's

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    hey, if it is an original 55 block, it does not have side mounts or an oil filter mount. sell it to someone who needs to do a resto. the sbc's are physically same size 267-400. you can find lots of them cheap used, cheaper than a rebuild.

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    IT"S NEVER DEAD 'round here...

    Had several things going on and got stumped by not wanting to cut my Chevy II earl pan to clear the center-link.
    Another guy stated to notch the back of the pan instead of the front.

    BUT, that's stopped 'til I can get this baby LT1 into my BMW vert.

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    Find an oil pan out of a wrecked 4x4 they have a flat bottom and the sump is set farther back (70's 1500 or full size Blazer)

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    hey, not trying to hijack this thread, so will post a pic tomorrow of a pan.

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