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GM updates direct-replacement crate 350 small-blocks

In a win-win for those shopping its crate-engine offerings, GM Genuine Parts has updated its direct-replacement service engines with additional parts from the Chevrolet Performance Parts catalog, consolidating its fleet of factory small-blocks from 1987 to 2002. The engines share most of their upgraded parts with the Chevy Performance SP350, like its newly-cast four-bolt main block and Vortec cylinder heads, forged crankshaft, and roller camshaft. This move also helps Chevy reduce the sheer number of obsolete engine components it’s pumping out for the stock-replacement crate engines, allowing it to essentially eliminate old-school parts like the nodular cast iron cranks and earlier non-Vortec heads.


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Interesting that the pictured engine has no provision for a distributor.

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The passenger side valve cover might be obscuring the distributor hole, as the engine is pictured from the front and the dizzy goes in the back on a small block Chevy?