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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2005, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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352 Stroker?

I have a 352 in my 64 that I am thinking about stroking. However, I can only find kits for 390s and up. Can I use a 390 stroker kit on my 352? Does anyone have any advice on what kit to get, and how to go about getting a solid reliable engine as the end result? I'm not going to be racing or anything, just looking to have a solid crusier with some power. Thanks in advance for your help.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2005, 03:45 PM
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Well, I was in your predicament at one time. I wanted to keep my 352 because it was such a good motor, but here is what I ran into. You can go to a salvage yard in Socal and probably find a 390 that will outpull the 352 bonestock. What year is your 352? and what heads does it have on it. The reason I say this is because externally the 390 and 352 are identical, so its not like someone could look under the hood and say that you don't have a 352. I've got some good combinations without going to the expense of stroking it. Biggest problem with a stroked 352 is the small cylinder bore. Most will not even go .050 over to get to a stock 390 bore. Let me know what you've got, heads/trans/cam, and what kind of car and we'll go from there.

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352 Stroker?

Thats what i was going to do as well. but the machine shop guy said it was a waste of time and sold me the bottom end of a 390 for 200$ crank and rods+ block. it was definitly worth the 200$. plus i used the heads and external parts from my 352 with no problems. i did buy an aluminum intake though to shave 75 lbs or something close to that off the engine. both are very reliable engines.

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352 Stroker?

Actually many 352s will go .050 over to standard 390 bore, mine did. What you need is to disassemble the motor and get the block sonic checked (about $60) this will tell you the thickness of the cylinders. If you end up with mroe than .100 after boring you're good. I had lots more than that with my 352. In many cases a 352 is just a 390 block that was not bored as large at the factory.

The other reason to get the sonic check is that some blocks have excessive core shift. Whan this happens at the foundry, some cylinders will end up thin and the block will not take any overbore. I would not put any $$ into a FE block without the sonic check.

If it will bore, then just get a 390 rebuild kit with pistons and pick up 390 crank and rods (cheap). The heads, intake etc are all the same.

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