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Old 02-11-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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Newbie seeks advice

Hello All, long time lurker here. Finally getting around to my 66 Short bed Fleetside. Original drive train 283 , 4 speed on the floor. Planning on replacing the worn out 283 with a 350 crate motor. Is this a simple plug and play or? I know there are a couple of SBC crate motors available, just looking for a dependable driver.

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Old 02-11-2018, 11:20 AM   #2
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Plug and play. I would upgrade to an HEI distributor but otherwise a 350 will bolt in just like the 283.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:45 PM   #3
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Hello All, long time lurker here. Finally getting around to my 66 Short bed Fleetside. Original drive train 283 , 4 speed on the floor. Planning on replacing the worn out 283 with a 350 crate motor. Is this a simple plug and play or? I know there are a couple of SBC crate motors available, just looking for a dependable driver.

Thanks for you time and suggestions.

Mike
Nice truck, sir! Not a deal killer either way but If you intend to reuse your flywheel you need to make sure your crate motor has a 2 piece rear main seal otherwise you will need a new one as well.
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:16 PM   #4
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Not necessary to upgrade or change out radiator, fan or shroud?

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Not necessary to upgrade or change out radiator, fan or shroud?

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Not if it is all in good working order.

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Nice truck, sir! Not a deal killer either way but If you intend to reuse your flywheel you need to make sure your crate motor has a 2 piece rear main seal otherwise you will need a new one as well.
Good call on the flywheel.
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:37 PM   #6
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You''ll be able to dress out that 350 to look just like a 283 with a little work, too!
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