Originally Posted by 4Vman
im building a 365 (6L) cleveland (strange capacity i know but its to meet class capacity limits), and im wondering if anyone has had similar experience with this combo.
The crank is ground to chev bigend journal size so i need suggestions for a H beam rod/forged piston combo to suit the cleveland block, any ideas?
Obviously its a chev style rod and piston but which brand or part number will suit this combo? or will i have to get custom decked pistons to suit?
Any help would be appreciated!
You may be able to offset grind a factory Cleveland crank and use 6.0" Chevy rods and any of a number of pistons to suit. You're looking at a stroke of 3.585" to give you 365.8 CID, 366 is 6L.
Something else to consider is a Dart block, building a Clevor using a 4.155" bore and a 3.37" destroker crankshaft. The bigger bore will help the Cleveland heads breathe much better.
Another option would be to use a factory Cleveland block and sleeve it. Then overbore it to 4.080" and you have a 366 with a factory stock stroke Cleveland 3.500" crank. You can easily get custom pistons to fit. The larger bore will work better with 4V heads!