Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

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Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by cuisinartvette » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:17 pm

If they could do it and sell it for under a grand think they could sell like hotcakes
why stop making them?

Still tons of guys building Gen 1s.

Market for the big $ already done, of course theres cheap chinese stuff too

Dont see why these wouldnt sell
Offering a retainer plate option to run a roller would be a plus

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by 1989TransAm » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:50 pm

I would doubt it. IMHO I think with blocks such as the Dart SHP on the market the GM 400 block would be limited or a niche market. Plus all the cheap junkyard LS blocks available. I think the market place is slowly moving on.

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by peejay » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:52 pm

The tooling is gone, gone, gone... and from what I understand it was all worn out patched-up garbage long before they finally stopped making small-blocks.

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by 68post » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:58 pm

cuisinartvette wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:17 pm
If they could do it and sell it for under a grand think they could sell like hotcakes
why stop making them?

Still tons of guys building Gen 1s.

Market for the big $ already done, of course theres cheap chinese stuff too

Dont see why these wouldnt sell
Offering a retainer plate option to run a roller would be a plus
You would think so as I do also, but it should've came about 10-15 yrs ago. Just think of the crate engine market, especially torque starved truck applications.

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by Newold1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:39 am

NOPE!

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by DaveMcLain » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:33 am

peejay wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:52 pm
The tooling is gone, gone, gone... and from what I understand it was all worn out patched-up garbage long before they finally stopped making small-blocks.
What about the tooling that's in Mexico that's used to make the castings used in the crate engines? 400 Hecho en Mexico...

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by mag2555 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:26 am

Sell like hot cakes? problem is there's way more buying the LS type like Coffee!

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by pdq67 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:37 am

Isn't there still a bunch of 400 SBC blocks/engines out there? Just have to hunt them down is all

Look in ton work trucks and big vans and of course the big Chevy's.

I had one running on my engine stand but got rid of it! Now I only have a 4-bolt and a 2-bolt block. I'm going to make my short-stroke 325" engine out of the better block if I don't die first do to old age...

4.155" b x 3.00" s = 325" engine here. I'm gonna rpm it like I used to do my old junk301!!

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by Newold1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:31 pm

You kinda answered this question in your post pdq67, you said you had ONE!. That's a big reason it isn't gonna happen , ONE ain't enough! Lets move on!

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by KnightEngines » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:17 am

You guys wanna send some of these 'laying everywhere' 400 blocks our way?

If you can find one here you'll pay around $1200 for a std bore 2 bolt block, more for a 4 bolt.

I'd build a lot more 400-410 cube street engines instead of 383's if I could get 400 blocks at a decent price.
450-500hp street engines with 400-410 cubes are real nice for cruisers with some squirt, don't need extra loose converters & deep gears.

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by PackardV8 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:23 am

We've got a few and can get more. How much would it cost to ship a pallet with six short blocks, say 2000#, to OZ?
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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by KnightEngines » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:05 am

Therin lies the issue - to be worthwhile you gotta fill a shipping container to keep freight per block to decent levels!

I can't afford a shipping container full of engine blocks!

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by cjperformance » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:11 am

KnightEngines wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:05 am
Therin lies the issue - to be worthwhile you gotta fill a shipping container to keep freight per block to decent levels!

I can't afford a shipping container full of engine blocks!
Group buy of mint std bore 400 blocks ? Chev & Ford
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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by kimosabi » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:37 am

Why would they bring them back? Dart SHP blocks are as nice as they come in the budget segment and a great back for the buck.

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Re: Will GM ever bring back the 400 block

Post by cjperformance » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:44 am

kimosabi wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:37 am
Why would they bring them back? Dart SHP blocks are as nice as they come in the budget segment and a great back for the buck.
Unfortunately the dart are no where near the price of the GM block here. It's sometimes hard to get a customer to spend that bit extra. A new factory GM 400 block would be an easy sale over here (Australia) but in reality a small market.
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