4-bolt Factory Roller 350?

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  1. El Guapo

    El Guapo Veteran Member

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    Did they make such an animal? If so, what was did it come in? Casting numbers? I'm looking to build a roller stroker and would like to start with a seasoned block like this.
     
  2. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I don't think there is such a thing.
    I've never seen a 1-piece rear main block with 4-bolt from the factory
     
  3. El Guapo

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    I didn't think so. Darn -
     
  4. mjoc

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    I believe the ZZ430 was a roller with 4 bolts but i am not sure.
     
  5. Dirt Reynolds

    Dirt Reynolds Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Unless I'm mistaken, 4-bolt main 350 truck blocks with the one-piece rear main seal are roller blocks, however, during the late '80s they were fitted with flat-tappet cams unlike the 2-bolt roller block engines in passenger cars which got the hyd roller cams. The Corvette was the only passenger car with the one piece rear main seal, hyd roller cam, and 4-bolt mains.

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  6. Damon

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    I'm with Dirt on this one. Vettes and truck blocks were the only ones with 4-bolt mains and the truck blocks may not be fully machined for a roller cam bolt-in (lifter bores not machined flat on top to take the 'dog bones', lifter spider bosses may not be drilled/tapped and the block may not be drilled/tapped for the factory cam retaining plate). All that is fixable but would probably cost about the same as just having a 2-bolt block machined for some aftermarket (or factory?) 4-bolt caps.
     
  7. rustbucket79

    rustbucket79 Veteran Member

    Up in my neck of the woods around 20 percent of the new style blocks were 4 bolts and set up for roller cams. Your best bet is to look for a 350 out of a 1 ton van or pickup.

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  8. Air_Adam

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    Yes there is such a thing. Corvettes had them from '87-91, Camaros/Firebirds had them from '87-92, and almost all truck 350s from '87 and up had roller blocks. Not all trucks used roller lifters, but the blocks were cast and prepped to use roller lifters anyway.

    I can't remember the casting numbers, but check out www.thirdgen.org and it shouldn't take long to find them.
     
  9. Air_Adam

    Air_Adam Veteran Member

    Sorry.... Camaros/Firebirds used the same block as the Corvette, but used 2-bolt mains. The Corvette had 4-bolt mains.
     
  10. 1978LT

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    Penix would know. He is always into those engines. (Pssst hey man found me a roller block yet? [​IMG])
     

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