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Toyquad
06-25-2009, 05:32 PM
how are they, how much power? any known problems?

does it have the mounting holes to bolt up a p/s pump?

MetalMan
06-25-2009, 06:03 PM
Gutless, nothing special, just a ridiculously small SBC. You can use it as a boat anchor after you drop a 350 in

85chevy
06-25-2009, 07:04 PM
Money can make them have power but ur probably better off with a 350.

dirka dave
06-25-2009, 07:09 PM
They have 8 cyls.

boyzen
06-25-2009, 09:35 PM
I used to race a vega with a 283 for several years built 3 or 4 not sure .If yo want a relible high reving motor that will eat a 5.0 stang thats the motor you need low gears and rollerize it .it will surprise everyone who rides with ya. run 1.94 heads or bigger and all stuff will bolt up.

Toyquad
06-25-2009, 09:36 PM
I used to race a vega with a 283 for several years built 3 or 4 not sure .If yo want a relible high reving motor that will eat a 5.0 stang thats the motor you need low gears and rollerize it .it will surprise everyone who rides with ya.


hehe sweet, thats more like what i wanna hear. for the near future i just want something reliable

FINGERS
06-25-2009, 10:55 PM
go with the 327 ,better revs

trencher
06-25-2009, 11:10 PM
Gutless, nothing special, just a ridiculously small SBC. You can use it as a boat anchor after you drop a 350 in

You obviously no not of what you speak :confused0006:

They are a great little engine....lots of revs and can make good power for the size....oh and waaaaay better on fuel than a 350

pumpkin
06-26-2009, 06:23 AM
go with the 327 ,better revs

Not quite. The original 302 zapper was a 327 block with a 283 crank. The limmiting rev factor on the 283 and 302 was the pushrods,,,,,they didn't like to go much past 8000 rpm. They stopped making the 283 cause they just wouldn't die.

MetalMan
06-26-2009, 07:07 AM
They wouldn't die because they were so mild you couldn't kill them, low compression, tiny cams, shitty heads, they're garbage. And FYI you can make any SBC rev, that's not something special about a 283, the only difference is a bigger SBC will make more power for the same money. Trencher, fuel economy is dictated by the overall package, not engine size. I'll bet you paycheques an average TPI 350 would maul any 283 in fuel economy

Apathy
06-26-2009, 07:11 AM
great motor..

can't kill them, High reving.
Not the best for a pickup but awesome in cars.

metal man seem to be the only one that doesn't like them.

they are a small small block, but not as small as the 235.

m j
06-26-2009, 09:09 AM
junk motors
they do not have a single feature that is desireable today.
same weight as a 350/483/400 with no chance at making near the power

you wanna hear a fairy tale rather then the truth then waste your $$ on one.

FINGERS
06-26-2009, 09:17 AM
Its amazing what people dont know about the 283,Trev the truck is pretty heavy but with a little help that 283 will do just fine.

barracuda
06-26-2009, 09:29 AM
Not quite. The original 302 zapper was a 327 block with a 283 crank. The limmiting rev factor on the 283 and 302 was the pushrods,,,,,they didn't like to go much past 8000 rpm. They stopped making the 283 cause they just wouldn't die.

I am with Bob on this one. there is a reason that the same basic design has stood the test of time.

boyzen
06-26-2009, 12:43 PM
yea don't listen to the guys who straight diss them .They probally never owned one or had a worn out piece of shit .283 will out rev any 350 or 400 or even 327 because they are a short stroke with close match rod length so makes them rev like a mother ,I do agree you need to put a little into them heads and cam and exhaust and intake carb,but when dont ya,unless u buy fuel injection crap.

pumpkin
06-26-2009, 01:21 PM
I've had them get 26 mpg on the hwy and 18 mpg in town in a fullsize boat of a car. You don't have to make them stronger for huge rpm,,,, they will do it bone stock with a good set of valve springs. I'm a big cubic inch small block kinda person, but if I was building something with huge gearing and light I would consider a 283.I have driven my sbc 406 at 4000 rpm all day, but it realy shortens the engine life. I did the same with a 283 years ago, and the engine ended up in two more vehicles before i lost track of it. A set of vortec heads, a good cam and you could have a nice streetable 300 hourse 283 that would go forever.

m j
06-26-2009, 02:09 PM
the recipricating assembly is not the rpm limiter of a sbc
valve train is
and they all pretty much use the same crap from the factory

Toyquad
06-26-2009, 05:47 PM
thanks for all the good info guys. the one in this truck only has 30,000miles on it. its gonna be in there for a while. Body work steering and brake upgrades will be done first.

Cheeky
06-26-2009, 06:36 PM
beat the shit out of all the time,ask anyone,going on 3 years and 40,000 k's,was built by Jimmy Richmond and built right.
300 horsies of pure reliable fun and rev's 7800rpm till valves start floating[36] [36] [36]

85chevy
06-26-2009, 07:53 PM
Each motor has its ups and downs but a 283 will rev faster then ur 350 ever will but in a truck yea 327 or a 350 would probably make more sense but to each there own.

BigBadB2
06-26-2009, 10:32 PM
The 283 was good engine in it's time. The amount of money that it would cost you to build one to make good power would be hugh. Start with a 350 and spend a little bit of money and make great power. Just my two cents.

barracuda
06-26-2009, 11:18 PM
Any swinging dick with a wallet can have a 350 or 383chev but the 283,302 and 327 chevs have class .

I have a 327 which i have no idea what to do with sitting here collecting dust behind the barn and rats are living in the cylinders by now i am sure but once upon a time it was a great motor.

I think it would make a great engine for a jetboat.:confused0006:

FINGERS
06-26-2009, 11:58 PM
beat the shit out of all the time,ask anyone,going on 3 years and 40,000 k's,was built by Jimmy Richmond and built right.
300 horsies of pure reliable fun and rev's 7800rpm till valves start floating[36] [36] [36]


fuckin a oh yeah

Toyquad
06-30-2009, 05:52 PM
well aparently the previous owner doesnt know anything about motors...... the truck has a straight 6 in it. lots of pep..... so she'll stay for a while

Spedley
06-30-2009, 06:43 PM
Hey Cheeky.... How bout some more pics of the '55?

FZJ80
07-16-2009, 06:23 AM
I have to side with Pumpkin, good motor also agree wih the choice of vortec heads for one.
283 has a very good rod to stroke ratio so they rev easy and makes for a long lasting engine.
If you don't need huge torque numbers it is a great option.

lester
07-20-2009, 01:35 PM
back in the day (early 70's) my dad and a friend of his set a national record with a .030 over 283, i think it was in the mid 8's or 9's. they ran a comp elimenator vega. they are a great motor but need lots of rpm to really shine (5000 launches and 8500 rpm shifts) the 327 has a much better bore to stroke ratio then the 289 or the 350/383 thou

Happypants
07-20-2009, 05:33 PM
drew on the board here, cambell_yota or something like that, put a 283 v8 in his 4 runner with some fairly low gears and it runs really well, mabey pm him if ya can find him on here and ask him some questions