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Old 04-07-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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I am building a budget 393 stroker from an 83 351w block. I plan on using 302 pistons, 351 connecting rods with new crank and cam. This is just for fun project so if I tear it up, no problem. My question is with the 302 pistons I have a piston to cylinder wall clearance of 0.010". Will I have piston slap? Will the rings ever seat.
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10 thousandths? Ya it will sound like a diesel. Dont be shocked if you collapse or break a skirt, especially if the piston is cold.
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Make sure you are measuring the piston in the correct location. Usually its about 1/2" up on the skirt. Every mfg has their own specs though. I took a 393w apart that had around .012" piston to wall clearance. Surprisingly it didn't make any noise and ran strong. I got it from another member on here who was running 10.80's n/a with it. You'd be putting a time bomb together, who knows when it might let go. 302 pistons are easy enough to come by I'd just go oversize if possible.
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Thanks for the input. I will remeasure and bore to 30 over if I get the same results
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Check your bore too. Make sure that you don't have any taper and that your bore is round. If you are at a stock bore now I would only go to the next size if it will clean up. If it will clean up at .010" over use that, it will give you more life out of the block by being able to go larger in the future.
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I measured the bore in one cylinder with a $30 dial bore gauge and it measured 4.0125.(351 std bore 4.0000) The accuracy was 0.0005". I will measure the rest and bore taper this weekend
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Your measuring it without a head on or a torque plate, so when you put a head on, that bore size / taper will change
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