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What heads to use on a 383?

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What heads to use on a 383?

66newport 66newport
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/06
Posted: 03/10/06
11:13 AM

I'm starting a mild buildup on my 1966 Chrysler Newport. Not exactly conventional but why not?
What i have currently on my otherwise stock engine is a K&N Filter assembly on top of a 650 CFM Speed Demon with an Edelbrock dual plane intake manifold. Headers and dual exhaust leading out to dynomax super turbo mufflers from

Now for my question. I've been looking for new heads and a cam, and didn't want to go spending extraordinary amounts of money on the edelbrock aluminum heads, so i have been looking for some 906's. Although for my application i have been told the closed chamber 915 castings is a better design. But also, i believe, and am not sure, that the stock castings may be 516's, which is also a closed chamber design. So for performance heads, would it be best to port and polish the stock and have them rebuilt with high performance parts? or straight up start with new heads?...


Detar Detar
New User | Posts: 43 | Joined: 10/03
Posted: 03/26/06
03:06 PM

If it were me, I'de pull the engine and just start with a 440, any year and rebuild that.  No matter what you do, you are going to have to spend some money in those heads since they are for leaded gas.  The price of rebuilding a set of old iron heads is about the same cost as a set of new Ederbrock heads that are brand new, with brand new parts.  If you are going to spend that kind of money, just find a 440 and put the EDDY heads on that.  Spend your money once, not twice.

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Mad Mike-#001 Mad Mike-#001
User | Posts: 91 | Joined: 11/04
Posted: 03/29/06
09:45 AM

66 Newport:
Don't be afraid to build the 383. There is a serious shortage of good 440 blocks that are affordable and not total junk. The 383 in stock form produced only 15 HP less than the stock 440 (I have seen many actual dyno numbers, this is not based upon the factory numbers, even though they were pretty accurate also). The 440 had an edge in regards to torque, but weigh's more than a low deck big block.
The 383 is inherently stronger than the 440, lighter and revs more freely. It is a blast to drive with the right combo of parts. The 383 was quite often called the "big block" that thinks it's a "small block". It's unfortunate that Mopar didn't develop it further, but the cubic inch wars of the late 60's stopped development of the 383.
A set of 516 heads is fine with a stage I or II port (good up to 525 HP), but that's all the further you can go with 516's (Thinner walls than 915's). Good 915's are too scarce to find (Edelbrocks would end up being cheaper in the long run).
If you want to get sneaky, you could also opt to build a stroker motor with the 383. I have done it and put together a 432 combo that produced over 435HP& 480Ft/Lbs torque with a cam that only had 219 degree's duration at .050" lift.

I current have a 383 motor with a Hughes "Old Time" Muscle Car cam with 224 degree's duration @ .050" lift cam, 9.6/1 Compression, Hughes Stage II ported 516 heads. It produces 425 HP @ 5,600 RPM & 435 ft/lbs of torque  (This is very streetable combo and a blast to drive)
Hope this helps


horsepower1 horsepower1
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 12/15/07
07:32 PM

I thank you for your knowledge because i have a 383 that i rebuilt is being hard trying to find to find infor on it  

3404spdvaliant. 3404spdvaliant.
Guru | Posts: 771 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 01/11/08
12:01 PM

It also has the best rod/stroke ratio of any big block chrysler and probably all muscle era big blocks for that matter.  
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cry300 cry300
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 11/09
Posted: 11/17/09
10:42 PM

what about adding turbo or a super charger to it for that extra power is this a good idea because this is what i wanted to do to my 383 what do u think u seem more intune with motors than i  

drmopar drmopar
Guru | Posts: 1445 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 11/18/09
06:31 AM

The 383 is not any stronger than a 440. In fact the webs on the 383 crank journals may be the weakest of the big blocks. However this only becomes an issue when you are pushing the 550 HP mark.
Second, you are pushing a lot of weight so stroking the engine would be benifical, or just drop in a 440 as someone else suggested.
Doc Cool  

drmopar drmopar
Guru | Posts: 1445 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 11/18/09
06:22 PM

A very good factory head is the 452 casting found on mid to late 70's 400 & 440's.
Excellent flow, and hardened seats for today's gas.
Doc Cool  

mopar1620 mopar1620
New User | Posts: 13 | Joined: 08/09
Posted: 11/23/09
09:57 AM
They have good prices on heads. they are part of indy cylender head.
has pretty good prices on stuff and ive had pretty good luck with them.
ive not used there heads though  

3404spdvaliant. 3404spdvaliant.
Guru | Posts: 771 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 11/26/09
08:27 AM

You'll spin rod bearing on 6/7 before the webbing ever becomes a problem.

But not if you do the 1/2 pick up and the oiling mods.

a 431 [440 crank in 383 block] made 610 hp 7400rpm  
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