Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgetown Indiana
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$3500 for a Kaase short block is a deal.
I don't want to discourage you but there is a lot to building a motor and getting it right the first time. Especially one that puts out 600 HP. I know everybody has to start somewhere but the fact you asked the question about reusing the crank for a stroker motor tells me you might have a tough go at the first build. People rarely save money when learning to rebuild an engine the right way the first time. It's not just bolting parts together. It's making sure the ring gaps are correct, all bolts were lubricated & torqued properly, all piston rings go into the bores nice & easy, making sure pushrod length & rocker arm geometry are correct, etc...etc...
I personally think a good assembled short block or even a long block from Kaase or a quality vendor on this site would be money wisely spent in the long run. Concentrate on the things more easy to manage on the first go round like, headers, carb, distributor, etc.. That will be challenging enough for a first build.
Anyway that is my 2 cents. I hope it helps. Good luck with the build!