Cool Time-lapse Video Showing 383 Stroker Build

Time-lapse photography can be a wonderful storyteller, and this video shot by Adam Ince is great example. But there’s much more to this tale than just the challenges of building — and rebulding — a 383 stroker engine for a ’69 Camaro.

Adam’s dad, Dave, runs Dirty Dave’s Marine in Perris, California. Dave is good friends of car painter Butch Lynch, who is also heavily involved in veterans projects. Lynch helped restore and paint a Marine’s Camaro (you can see the incredible transformation on Lynch’s website), but there were problems with the engine that had been built for the car.

“The engine in this car was a piece of crap,” fumes Ince, who is also an automotive artist with work in a variety of mediums.

Even though Ince had agreed on a price for a basic freshening, he rummaged through the inventory in his shop and found a steel Eagle stroker crank to replace to the cast-iron piece. He also gathered up Probe pistons and I-beam rods. A set of Edelbrock heads, Edelbrock manifold and Quick Fuel 780cfm carb finished off the top end.

On the first test run, Ince could tell there wasn’t enough vacuum for a street car.

“Yeah, we had to tear it down,” says Ince. “I knew better than to put that bumpstick in.”

In went a smaller Comp cam and new set of Comp roller rockers that provided better clearance than the original units. Finishing up the engine are a MSD ignition, Hooker headers and Zoops serpentine front drive.

“It’s good for about 475 horsepower,” predicts Ince, noting that a more precise tuneup on a chassis dyno is likely in the Camaro’s future. But for now, the veteran has a very sweet ride with an engine to match the body and paint work.

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Mike Magda

Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Mike has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.
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