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Wanted: Early Pontiac 400/455 Block


Yes, I know I shouldn't be looking and should keep the car original..biggrinsmile

However, I have the car in storage and am eager to work on something during the week. Looking for an early beefier 400/455 block if a good deal is out there to be had. 

Looking for the block. Would like to eventually get a stroker kit for it (they mentioned the later blocks wouldn't be good for the stroker kit)..

If anyone has any (located in Ontario). Let me know.

Mike 

 



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I am in Alberta, so all I can offer you is information;
(also, I am typing this from memory, so it's possible I might get something wrong)

1) the 455 never went through lightening like the 400 - a 1970 block, is no better than a 1976 block from a performance/building standpoint - the only difference is that the earleir blocks (up to 1973) were often drilled and tapped for four bolt mains - even though they were finished with two bolt caps. The only exception to any of this is the SD455 block - that one was different.

2) as far as 400's are concerned, the 1971-1974 988 block is generally regarded as the one to look for, as they are the most plentiful and were not subject to lightening.
The 557 block is the lightened one, but sources which have more first hand knowledge than me say that it can still easily handle 400hp.
the 988 block was recast after problems with the 557 block showed up, and this was the casting used for 1978/1979 W72 blocks.
The 557 and late 988 blocks may be missing the early or full sized car motor mount bosses.

I hope this helps!!



-- Edited by unruhjonny on Monday 6th of January 2020 05:57:09 PM

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Thanks for the info... Yes, the stroker kit I was looking at, the company had said do not use the kit with 557 blocks..

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https://www.kijiji.ca/v-engines-and-engine-parts/kitchener-waterloo/400-pontiac/1478574336

Here's a good deal in Kijiji , if it's an early 1975 988 casting it will work for you ...



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The block the seller has is a 500 casting

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I have a 75 / 998 block and crank and a 73 YC 455 block and crank along with after market 4 bolt caps .

Both blocks have not been over bored if that helps .

I am open to offers .

Mike .

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