383 Re build help

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meangene83
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383 Re build help

Postby meangene83 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:09 am

Hello everyone, I am new member here. I frequent the forbbodiesonly.com forum.

I recently had my 1968 383 engine tore down after we discovered some small problems, only to find larger ones. The engine needs a complete rebuild.
I was looking for a reference to a machine shop / engine builder. Someone who has great experience building up these old blocks.

My mechanic has the engine torn down at this point. The block needs to be cleaned and checked for cracks etc before we start any rebuild.

I appreciate any help you guys can give. Thanks.
Gene

Boston, MA
1973 Plymouth Roadrunner
383 engine

meangene83
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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby meangene83 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:11 am

Here is a link to the forbbodiesonly.com thread... extensive conversation has happened over there. Along with a shit ton of pictures.

http://www.forbbodiesonly.com/moparforu ... eed-Advice

stroked340
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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby stroked340 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:48 am

I use Boucher racing up in Rowley,ma for my machine work..they can build you a complete engine, they are very good at what they do..not cheap but worth every penny theres quite a few guys running their engines in nhra..their phone number is 1-978-948-7343

meangene83
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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby meangene83 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:10 pm

Thank you for the reference, I will look them up. They seem to be pretty close to me.

Dgc333
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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby Dgc333 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:02 pm

Advance Machine in Wareham did the machine work on my 360. Again very good work but not the cheapest.

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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby Sneke_Eyez » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:42 pm

Welcome to MassMopar!
I saw your thread when you first posted it on FBBO and completely missed that you were in Boston!

Unfortunately, I don't have an engine builder suggestion for you, but I will watch with interest while you look!
Good luck and post some pictures of the car!
Ryan - Northeast Mighty Mopar Site Administrator
1969 Plymouth Satellite Wagon | 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 Coupe | 1974 Dodge Dart Swinger
2002 Intrepid ES | 2004 300M Special | 2001 Concorde LXi

meangene83
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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby meangene83 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:52 pm

Thanks guys. Right now my shop mechanic, Bob Smith from S & S Automotive, Whitman MA is going to finish tearing things down. Clean and visually inspect for any block cracks and document the Casting numbers on everything. Basically get a base line of what we have.

After the new year we will see where the block will go for rebuild. He states he has a trustworthy machine shop, from his experience he says it is very hard to find a reliable one. He had done some rough estimation and from the looks of it a rebuild kit from Jeggs would run me around $900.
Labor for the rebuild around $1500. I am sure it will go up, these things usually always due.
To me the $1500 is way better than $15,000 Mopar Crate engine. And besides that I want the 1968 Motor in this, even though it isn't orig... it is still from that time period of muscle glory.

Here is my car as it is now.
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Here is what I hope it to looks like.(minus the hole in the hood)
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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby bear » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:34 pm

First off , Welcome to the site Gene ! Nice Runner you have there ! :D As far as machine shops go I can't help you right now because I've been out of racing for a while now and the machine shop I used to use in Mattapan is gone now . But I've always heard good things about Boucher racing , so I'd check with them . A word of advice though and I know some people might disagree with me on this . But no matter who you end up using , make sure they know there Mopar engines . So far from what I'm seeing and your asking the right people , but there is a difference in who builds motors and who builds and "knows" Mopar motors . By the way , May I ask why your runner was in the shop to begin with ?

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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby bear » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:53 pm

By the way , The 383 is a darn good motor and if you do it right I think you'll be more then happy with it . :mrgreen:

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Re: 383 Re build help

Postby torredcuda » Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:30 am

Ya, finding a good machine shop is not easy! I had my matching number 383 for my `70 rr built by R & L in Dover NH as my buddy worked there at the time so I know the work was done right. They are probably a bit far for you but Bouchers has a very good rep as others have said. One thing to mention is talk to the machine shop before buying parts as they may have some advice/experience and may recommend something different.


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