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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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V8 283 - First Performance upgrades

Hi All,

I have a 63 impala with a recently rebuilt 283 V8. I have a Holley carb and an electrical starter installed.

I want to take my engine to the next level and get some more torque and HP out of it.

What would be the basic upgrades I should look at??

I´m also thinking of ordering a 5 speed manual transmission (from a camaro) to imporve my overall performance (any help here also appreciated). Im not looking to race but i like to feel the power under the hood and the heavenly v8 music out of my (stock) exhaust.

thanks

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 06:16 PM
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Headers (with duals), and a cam will give you the most performance with your stock block and heads.

Two doors, four doors, wagons, and ragtops.
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Five speed out of a Camaro is too weak to push an Impala down the road. It was too weak for a Camaro with a 305 that had less horsepower than your 283. Find another option or stick with an automatic. The Borg-Warner World Class five speed (which is what you find in a Camaro) was designed for the Ford Pinto four cylinder engine and broke frequently enough under warranty with a Camaro that GM stopped using them in anything other than a small V-6 engine.

Best buy money wise is to jack up your 283 and slide a 350 in it's place (a SBC 400 out of a seventies pick-up or Impala station wagon (called a Kingswood) would be an even better choice.

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Jay,

do you have specific suggestion in regards which cam and headers with duals to buy?
I have to preorder them before I go to the states again to get this stuff, I live in Uruguay and it´s a bit tough to get a hold of some parts.

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Five speed out of a Camaro is too weak to push an Impala down the road. It was too weak for a Camaro with a 305 that had less horsepower than your 283. Find another option or stick with an automatic. The Borg-Warner World Class five speed (which is what you find in a Camaro) was designed for the Ford Pinto four cylinder engine and broke frequently enough under warranty with a Camaro that GM stopped using them in anything other than a small V-6 engine.

Best buy money wise is to jack up your 283 and slide a 350 in it's place (a SBC 400 out of a seventies pick-up or Impala station wagon (called a Kingswood) would be an even better choice.

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Big Dave,

i was thinking of swapping the engine but it exceeds my budget at the time, I found a 409 here that needs a rebuild and im trying to get a better deal with the owner so I can rebuild it in the future. i´ll continue to look for another 5 speed manual transmission that suits better the engine.

i appreciate your help

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The three speed manual Saginaw, the Muncie four speed are the two strongest manuals from GM. GM also bought trannies from Getrag (out of business now), ZF from Germany (same company used in BMW's and Porsche) as used in the Corvette, as well as their old connection with Borg-Warner (the Super T-10 was what replaced the Muncie in 1972). The final vendor for a manual transmission used in a Chevy is the Keisler-Tremec T-56 and TKO series of transmissions in five and six speeds. I mention these companies because you can make any transmission fit, but it is far easier and cheaper to reuse a Chevy application than in reinventing the wheel.

I figured the ubiquitous 350 was everywhere on the planet by now.

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