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    I just picked up a 402, casting # 3969854 sept 69 date code. I'm looking for ideas for pistons, rods, cam, and heads. The motor was complete, but the pistons were jacked up. Heads were 3872702, pistons are trw forged with the # 3969974 stamped on top. The cam is a Clay Smith hydraulic flat tappet .570 lift, 244deg @.050 with a 110 deg lobe centerline. And a holley 850 double pumper. Intake manifold is an edelbrock torker 2-0. This motor would only run on race gas because the compression ratio is outrageous. I plan on droppin it in a 67 camaro with a 5 speed manual trans. Money is not too much of an issue, I can always save. I would like to keep the cr around 10 or 10.5:1 maximum. Gear ratio is 3.08, but i plan on a 9 inch with 3.73 or 4.11. I would appreciate as much help as possible.

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    I'm kinda disappointed. Thanks for the help.

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    sorry you feel this way BUT you did not say much? your going to use them heads if not what heads gm stock or after market ? pistons many ways to go KB . icons . wisco. speed pro . others . rods any stock rods will work fine just built a 402 with a erson hyd roller in a firebird guy loves it . i can not help much if i do not know what your doing with it and what your looking for power and were you want it to start . so you have is a block and crank ?
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    As you have already ascertained, the block casting (with a date code of September 1969) is a 402. The reason for your “outrageous” compression ratio is that for the 1970 production year, the lowest compression ratio for the high performance 402 was 10.25:1. Most of these ended up in SS Chevelles and SS Novas.

    There were three versions, specifically;
    330 HP @ 4800 RPM, 410 torque @ 3200 with 10.25:1 compression ratio
    350 HP @ 5200 RPM, 415 torque @ 3800 with 10.25:1 compression ratio
    375 HP @ 5600 RPM, 415 torque @ 3600 with 11:1 compression ratio
    The 375 HP was solid lifter only available with a 4 speed and no A/C

    Your heads are not from this engine. 3872702 heads were only produced in 1966 and was used on 325 and 360 horsepower 396 engines. These are oval port 253cc port volume, 2.060 intake / 1.72 exhaust. Probably one of the best big block heads to come out of GM during the “muscle car” era. In stock form (per Chevy High Performance), they flow @ 20" at .400 lift 214 intake/135 exhaust – not too shabby.

    Your pistons are OEM – GM Part Number 3969974 is for factory forged 4.125" pistons
    These are a standard bore 402. They could well have been made by TRW under an OEM contract.

    I’d look for another cam and intake manifold as well – roller on the cam and Performer RPM or similar on the intake.

    You did not say what shape the engine is in, i.e., miles on it or if there’s lots of obvious wear. If things are pretty good looking you could go .030 over with a tamer piston, have the heads done and perhaps install a more contemporary roller cam and have a great engine.

    A suggestion for you – if you ask nice, Pat McCarthy will give you more advice than any ten local “experts”. Pat is one of the premier Chevy big block builders in the world – trust me. The fastest way to get ignored on this site is to get snippy or cop an attitude. Most of us here have other jobs and it sometimes takes several days between posts. Try and engage Pat, Jerry, Techinspector and others and CHR can be a great resource.

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    What Glen says.
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    Well you have a 132 people reading your post! I found these guys--and gals? very helpful. Your project sounds like its good start. Have your machine work on the block done, then start picking these guys brains! I think they love it.
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