Hard to beat a .030 over 440 for the money ?

Challenger340

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I still like these Engines !
Because with the relative abundance of Cast Crank RV Motorhome 440 Cores it's hard for us to find a more cost effective way for 500 hp/515 Ft/Lbs ? and especially right now with the supply chain issues ?
Basics:
LY Rods with ARP Bolts
2067" CD Forged Pistons, 5/64ths rings
Entry level Aluminum Heads
Torker 2 Intake(that's all we could find right now for under hood clrc )
850 Vacuum Secondary
CompCams XE274H for easy Hydraulic Flat Tappet Cam run-in @ sub .500" Lift / 285'ish Lbs
HT976 Lifters
Clevitte Brg's throughout
M63HV
6 Qt Pan/pickup

I mean we can get technical all day long ?
and granted.... we do apply what is IMO a very good quality Labor Pkg to the Parts Pkg ?
But my point being.....
how do you beat a .030" over 440 Core Build for the money ? given the "cubic dollar" factor to go Stroker ?

* Never goes below 485 Ft/Lbs all the way from 3,500 rpm thru 5,300 rpm and peaking at 514.5 Ft/Lbs @ 4500 rpm ?
with a "FUN" factor reaching 500 HP @ 5,500 rpm ?

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Runcharger

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I totally agree. Just simple and effective, great bang for the buck. I know these days it's stroker this and fancy head that. For decades though we built stock based 440 street engines that would run 11's with just simple basics.
I see guys building 500 inch strokers with aftermarket everything and I bet a lot of them aren't tuned and setup properly to outrun an old school 440 that has been optimized.
 

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The motor home block has some great things going for it. Oil and water passages beef up and can be had for less money than a standard 440 that has already been torched to death. So the build for a straight street engine would be great and can get the job done.
 

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I always appreciate Challenger340’s take on “lowly” 440 engine building. Strokers are not an automatic decision for some guys wanting a rebuild.
 

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If you have serviceable OEM stuff that isn't worn out junk, ok. The argument for cost effectiveness of a stroker kit is always if your stuff is junk or you don't have stuff, it's just as affordable to build bigger
 

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