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Kellxr7
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posted 05-05-2003 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kellxr7   Click Here to Email Kellxr7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whats everyones take on these? What horsepower range would you have to be in to really need one, (I plan on building a 393 or 408W) About 500 to 550 hp. Any info would help.

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Moneymaker
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posted 05-05-2003 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless there is a new one out that I don't know about, the current crop is based on the 8.2 deck 289/302.
You can't build a 393 or 408 stroker out of one of those without spending a LOT of money on a custom crank, rods and pistons.
A standard 351W block can take a lot of HP.

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Scott G
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posted 05-05-2003 11:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott G   Click Here to Email Scott G     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dart has part numbers on their website for 351 blocks. I assume they are out as I have seen listed on some retailers websites, however I haven't ever seen one personally.

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Kellxr7
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posted 05-05-2003 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kellxr7   Click Here to Email Kellxr7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes they do have 351 blocks, Check out their site www.dartheads.com

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Moneymaker
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posted 05-06-2003 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As of the PRI show during December, there were none cast yet. Dart told me that the 351W block availability would probably not happen until 2004. That may have changed.

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Mpcoluv
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posted 05-06-2003 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Moneymaker:
As of the PRI show during December, there were none cast yet. Dart told me that the 351W block availability would probably not happen until 2004. That may have changed.


They have at least shipped a few.
A friend has one of the 9.5" blocks sitting in a local machine shop...
They are also making an aluminum 302 block I have heard.

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TomP
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posted 05-06-2003 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Theres supposed to be an 8.7" block also, no?

Regardless, the factory block is fine for 550hp.

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