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"RATIKI"  1965 Chevy Suburban

Size matters


Researching sources in Texas, I found Joe Kettler at All Chevy Engines and told him what I was building, how much it weighed, the transmission and rear end gears I was running, and that I wanted it to be a real-world driver. Joe suggested one of his 410hp 383 Chevy small blocks, deeming it "an excellent choice for heavy vehicles that need a lot of torque". It's good for 400+ lbs/ft of torque from 2,000 through 5,500 on premium pump gas.

A few weeks later, a crate arrived at Twomey's with a nice, fresh, 383 engine inside replete with Dart heads, roller rockers, hardened valve seats, a 488 lift 228@50 hydraulic cam, Edelbrock Performer manifold, etc. Can you say, "Yowza"? Before installation, I had Twomey's squirt the block in green to match the exterior paint and to nicely contrast the silver engine bay.


I also did away with all under hood chrome. Old-school, "no-name", swap meet valve covers, a Mooneyes finned air filter cover and every shiny metal accessory down to the plug wire separators were glass beaded, then powder-coated silver at Pro-Tec in Round Rock. The only shiny thing under hood is the set of Jet-Hot coated Hooker headers. No hours of polishing for me, thanks. Just a quick wipe down and she's ready to rip.









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