383 Chevy Small Block Engine - All Dressed Up

John Nelson Aug 1, 2008 0 Comment(s)
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Spectre Performance
First, we'd be lost without the Spectre aisle at our local auto parts store. Second, the company makes a few pocket-friendly chrome dress-up kits. Third, and most important, Spectre also makes a variety of higher-end valve covers and a bunch of new intake setups. We couldn't resist this wild Dual Plenum kit, or the very nice fabbed valve covers.

PN 42313 chrome water neck $13
PN 42353 chrome timing cover $25
PN 9738 cone air filters (2) $80
PN 5031 fabricated aluminum valve covers $145
PN 771 Muscle Car Air Intake Dual Plenum Kit $200
PN 42859 regular push-in breather $16
PN 42869 shielded push-in breather $18
PN 46023 silicone wire separators $17
PN 4237 timing tab $7
TOTAL $521

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Summit Racing
Without a doubt, Summit's chrome engine dress-up kit is the bang-for-your-buck champ of this little endeavor. A mere 40 bucks gets you valve covers with gaskets, a timing cover with bolts and gaskets, a timing pointer, an air cleaner assembly, and a breather with a grommet. With a few additions, you've still got a complete outfit for less than $100.

PN SUM-CSUM103 Engine dress-up kit $40
PN SUM-G3800 chrome water neck $10
PN SUM-G3400 push-in breather $7
PN SUM-G3434 valve cover holdown tabs $18
PN SUM-G3420-4 valve cover wing nuts $14

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Trans-Dapt Performance Products
We knew we had to have an example of the classic finned look for this piece, and Trans-Dapt happily obliged us. We got the old-school finned aluminum valve covers we expected, but also a finned air cleaner assembly and breathers. Still not enough fins for you? Trans-Dapt also makes a matching finned oil pan for early blocks with a driver-side dipstick.

PN 6015 aluminum timing chain cover w/ pointer $89
PN 4878 breather grommets (2) $4
PN 6611 finned aluminum breathers (2) $94
PN 6026 finned oval air cleaner assembly $130
PN 6602 finned valve covers $179
PN 6003 polished aluminum water neck $29
PN 4936 T-bar valve cover wingnuts (2) $26
PN 9576 wire separators $10
  TOTAL $561

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Zoops is well known for its array of engine bracket and pulley setups, and also for its forged steering wheels. We headed for the dress-up section of the catalog, settling on a full set of matching ball-milled components, a popular look that we rounded out with a Performance Stainless Steel water neck and Summit timing cover. The valve covers, air cleaner, and wire looms are also available in the finned Newstalgia look.

PN 1250 oval air cleaner, ball-milled $140
PN 3100 oval breather, ball-milled $38
PN 3150 oval PCV, ball-milled $38
PN 1550 tall valve covers, ball-milled $118
PN 2000 universal wirelooms, ball-milled $65
PN SUM-G6300W Summit Cast Aluminum Timing Cover $40
PN SUM-G6304 Summit Timing Pointer $2
PN 1054 Performance Stainless Steel water neck $135
TOTAL $576


Summit Racing
Akron, OH
Trans-Dapt Performance Products
Whittier, CA 90602
Spectre Performance
Ontario, CA 90761
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Zoops Products Inc.
Banning, CA
Proform/Specialty Auto Parts
Roseville, MI 48066
Performance Stainless Steel
Scotts Valley, CA 95067


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