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LT1 383 STROKER ASSEMBLY SCAT CRANK 6" RODS WISECO -12cc Dh 040 PISTONS 6" LT1

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FULLY BALANCED LT1 SBC CHEVY 383 STROKER ROTATING ASSEMBLY WITH WISECO FORGED -12cc RD DISH TOP PISTONS.
4.040 BORE, .040 OVER, SCAT BALANCED CRANKSHAFT 6.0 SCAT RODS.

BALANCED IN HOUSE.

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The picture above is a file photo. See the detailed info below for the actual pictures and items included in this assembly.

Fully balanced in house.

READ THIS LISTING COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU BUY ELSEWHERE!

This assembly comes with a Scat crankshaft and 4340 Scat rods, Hastings moly rings, King bearings, and a heavy duty 168 or 153 tooth flexplate. See our other listings for various piston bores in flat, dish, and dome style. Our LT1 383 rotating assemblies are now offered in a 5.7" and a 6.0" rod combination. See details above for all the actual specs of this assembly. In the lower section of this ad is information on the various upgrades we offer in our other listings.

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Important note:

The Gen 3 engines are NOT compatible with this assembly. These would include vehicles using the LS based engines such as the 5.3, 5.7, 6.0 and 6.2 engines. LS based engines came into use in 1997 and up Corvettes, and in 1998 and up Z28 Camaros, and in 1999 full size pickup trucks. Most all pickup trucks started using an LS based engine in 1999. They were usually 5.3 and 6.0 liter size.

This assembly will work in the LT1 engines. As a final note, this assembly is not compatible with the early model LT-1 engines used in some Corvettes in 1970-1971.

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We offer these assemblies in dish, dome, or flat top pistons, as well as in other bore sizes. See details below for the actual specs.

Crankshaft Specs.

  • Crankshaft: Genuine Scat Balanced Neutral in the front for use in LT1 engines.
  • Crankshaft Stroke: 3.750" for 383 engine builds.
  • Crankshaft Material : Cast Nodular
  • Journal Diameter: 350 Mains
  • Rear Main Seal: 1pc RMS
Connecting Rod Specs.
  • Rods: Genuine Scat
  • Rod Type: Scat Pro-Stock, I-beam, Bronze Bushed.
  • Rod Length: 6.0"
  • Rod Material: Forged 4340 Alloy.
  • Rod Bolt/Cap Screw: ARP 8740 Cap Screws.
Piston & Ring Specs.
  • Pistons: Wiseco Fully Forged. High Performance for street/strip use.
  • Piston Size: 4.040" (.040 Over)(385 actual CID)
  • Dome Volume: -12cc Dish Top RD. D-Cup
  • Compression Height: 1.140
  • Piston Material: Forged 2618 Aircraft Alloy
  • Piston Rings: Hastings 2M High Performance, Moly, Standard Tension.
  • Ring Size and Fit: 5/64 5/64 3/16 Drop-In
  • Ring Material: Ductile Iron/Cast/Stainless/Moly
Bearing and Flexplate Specs.
  • Main Bearings: King MB557SI
  • Rod Bearings: King CR807SI
  • Balance: In House on CWT balancer.
  • Flexplate: Heavy Duty 168 tooth or 153 tooth. Manual Trans. flywheels available.

Compression Ratio Chart

The calculations below assume your pistons are at zero deck. Let's say your compression calculates out to be 10.50:1 for example based on having the pistons at zero deck (flush with the deck), but your pistons were going to be .005 in the hole, then the comp. ratio would only drop to 10.36, and if left .010 in the hole, then it would drop to approx. 10.22 We do recommend having your block decked to allow the piston to set anywhere from flush (zero) to .005 in the hole for optimal performance. We used a 4.125 head gasket diameter, and a .040 head gasket thickness in our calculations to come up with our comp. ratio values.

We have highlighted in red the compression ratio for the bore size and piston volume of this assembly using several popular combustion chamber sizes.

Part Number

Cylinder Head Volume

58cc

64cc

68cc

72cc

383 Assembly

Static Compression Ratio

4.030 Bore

10.95

10.25

9.83

9.45

4.040 Bore

11.00

10.29

9.87

9.49


Listed below is a complete breakdown of all the parts that are included in this assembly.

WISECO FULLY FORGED PISTONS, RATED AT 800+ HP. WISECO PISTONS ARE 100% MANUFACTURED IN THE USA. THEY ARE ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATED PISTON BUILDERS IN THE COUNTRY.

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The Wiseco fully forged pistons are rated very high in the street/strip performance industry. They offer several price levels of pistons, starting with the Pro-Tru Street version made with 4032 forged alloy. The next level up would be the Pro-Tru series that are much more expensive and made from 2618 aircraft alloy.

Our custom made Wiseco pistons are very close in comparison to the premium series as they are made using the 2618 aircraft alloy.


Some engine builders use the non-forged hypereutectic pistons, and we find them to be very risky for any carbureted street rod engine. We would not even consider using such pistons. If the pistons are non-forged or forged 4032 alloy, they may fragment from the effects of detonation. This can then allow the connecting rod to destroy the block, crank, and cylinder head. Those types of pistons are fine for stock or very mild engine builds, but should never be used in carbureted engines built to high horse power levels. These type of pistons, especially the hypereutectic version, will not stand much detonation. The forged 2618 alloy piston is so much more resistant to the effects of detonation, and heat.

Our Wiseco Forged pistons are custom designed with an increase in compression height. This has many advantages. Here are a few facts about compression height and deck height.

Our custom made Wiseco pistons have a compression height that is .015 taller than nearly all catalog pistons on the market. We find this to be a very valuable feature. Since our pistons sit at a taller than normal compression height, you will only have to remove approx. .010 off the deck surface of a virgin block to achieve a zero deck. This also allows for future deck re-surfacing and still not ending too far below stock deck height.


Leaving the deck on your block thick makes for a stronger block that resists flexing and also runs cooler, as the deck thickness has a lot to do with the dissipation of heat. Blocks with decks cut down to any great amount are also prone to cracking. This is why our pistons are designed to sit flush, (zero deck) at .010 below stock deck height.

Since nearly all catalog pistons on the market sit .025 below the surface of a virgin block, the only way to achieve a zero deck using such pistons would be to cut .025 off the deck surface. This compromises the integrity of the block, in our opinion. Should you decide to leave the block deck higher up, using such pistons creates a new issue of having a very poor quench/squish zone. The only way you could really take advantage of a catalog piston is by having a block that needs to or has already been butchered down to 9.00 deck height. At that point, we don't think you should not use such a block. Having the piston sitting flush with the deck is very desirable, regardless of the fact that your overall compression ratio is slightly higher than if it were sitting below the deck.


We have found that 95% of our customers are using a virgin block or a block that is close to stock deck height. This is why we have designed our pistons to have a taller compression height. On very rare occasions, you may end up with a block that has the piston out of the hole by a few thousandths and this not a problem at all. Most head gaskets are approx. .040 thick, and should you end up with a quench zone of .035, then that is perfectly ok. If the quench zone ends up too far below .035, then there are plenty of .050 thick head gaskets on the market. One more benefit to this is that most machine shops charge much more to deck a block down from stock deck height to 9.00 than they would to do a light cleanup, and that's all that's needed when using our Wiseco pistons.


Another good feature about our pistons having a taller compression height is that the ring land above the top ring is much stronger by being .015 thicker. When pistons encounter the effects of detonation, it is not uncommon to see pistons with the ring land above the top ring broken off. The thicker ring land also makes a better heat sink.

You may have noticed that our Wiseco custom made forged pistons are referred to as Racing Pistons on the package. This does not mean that the pistons are for racing only. This is a generic term, referring to their ability to be used in high performance applications as well as for street rod use. These pistons are perfectly designed for use on the street, as well as for medium to upper level drag racing.

Our custom made Wiseco forged pistons are made from 2618 aircraft alloy. We find this alloy to be much more suitable for high performance engines than the common 4032 forged alloy. You will usually see the higher end pistons on the market using 2618 aircraft alloy.

Why go with 2618 forged pistons? If you encounter certain tuning issues, detonation is highly probable, and it's effects can cause severe damage to your engine. The 2618 forged piston is able to withstand the damaging effects from detonation to a higher degree than the lower cost 4032 forged pistons, especially non-forged hypereutectic pistons such as Speed Pro or Keith Black, and many others.

Our Wiseco forged pistons will clear most any valve size on the market with ease even with the use of large lift cams.

We have built approximately 3500 engines using the Wiseco pistons. The engines have been for street rod and strip use. We have seen no problems, nor has there been any complaints. They are an excellent product in every respect.

These pistons are also suitable for use with nitrous or blower setups. For the slight increase in cost, this is the best value on the market.

The pictures below are file photos of our Wiseco pistons. The picture on the right was taken with a bright flash and appears to have enhanced the machine marks. These marks are actually barely visible with the naked eye.

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Scat Crankshaft.

The picture below is a generic file photo of a Scat crankshaft. You will receive the correct model packaged in the original Scat box.

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Some of the benefits of the Scat crankshaft supplied with this assembly:

The material used in this crankshaft is manufactured from an exclusive Space Age material that was designed for high strength and fatigue resistance. The Scat cranks are 25% stronger than stock OEM cast cranks and are the best value you will ever find. The Scat crankshafts are the best way to build a strong bottom end for, street rods, dirt and circle track racing, and drag strip racing. This crank is suitable for use up to approx. 500-525 hp.

We recommend that you check the thrust clearance on the crank before assembling the engine. This is recommended on any crankshaft, regardless of brand or cost. Also be sure to check your main and rod journal size.

Scat connecting rods.

Genuine Scat Bushed Rods with ARP 12 point cap screws are now used in all of our rotating assemblies and 383 Stroker engines.

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As seen the in close-up picture below, Scat rods have a very solid build quality.

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The quality of the Scat rods is unsurpassed by any of the low cost no-name rods on the market and they exceed the quality of some of the branded names as well.

Our Scat rods are bronze bushed. These are far superior to press fit. They are much more durable and free up a slight amount of horse power, and reduce piston and oil temp. This is something to consider when buying kits that use press fit rods. We just don't recommend press fit to anyone. Machine shops will charge up to $60.00 to press them on. Bushed rods with full floating wrist pins, which we offer, are very simple to attach to the pistons.

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The Scat rods do have genuine ARP 8740 Series 12 point cap screws. These rods offer excellent block clearance in the lower end of the cylinders.

We have noticed some sellers using generic rods and crankshafts in their rotating assemblies. These non-branded (no-name) rods and cranks are often poor quality in many ways. You will notice many sellers fail to mention the actual brand of these products. Upon further investigation, you will find such parts not to be a branded name product. They may label these parts with a name, but one that is totally unrecognizable in the industry. Our experience in years past with such rods and cranks has been disappointing, to say the least. Failures of such critical parts in your engine may result in catastrophic damage. Machine shops are sometimes able to correct some of the problems with these low quality rods and cranks, but at great expense to the customer. As for the questionable alloy these items may be produced from and the potentially incorrect heat treating methods used, little can be done to verify this and nothing can be done to correct it. As you may have noticed, this is why we specify the brand name and series of every part used in our assemblies.

Many of the inferior "no-name" rods on the market will also have "no-name" rod bolts in them. We have seen these bolts before, and they are very low quality. They don't have ARP's rolled thread design, and they don't torque down with the same characteristics as a genuine ARP bolt. It's not just a matter of having a different brand bolt in the rods; these bolts are low quality in many ways. They have been known to fail in engines to a much greater degree than a high quality rod bolt, and this failure usually causes catastrophic damage in the engine. Beware of rods that don't mention the rod bolt brand. As far as we're concerned, ARP bolts are the only brand we would ever use or accept in a set of rods.

Genuine ARP 8740 cap screws.

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Pictured below is the exact location to grind the rod if necessary when using the regular Scat rods that come with this assembly. The flat half moon spot directly beside the bolt is the area we ground. The picture below is very large, giving the impression that the amount removed was larger than it was in reality. The area ground is actually the size of a small shirt button divided in two. With the rod ground as shown, clearing a 550 cam should not be a problem. However, other factors may come into play, so you must do a roll over test before final assembly. The amount of metal removed is approx. 1.5 grams and will not affect balancing.

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Before the engine is assembled, we strongly suggest checking the rods on a Sunnen machine for sizing on both ends. We recommend this with any rod regardless of cost or brand. It is not uncommon to find some of the rods requiring a slight bump through the hone for perfection in sizing and roundness. We also offer this Stroker kit with a proofed set of rods. This is an excellent choice for those wanting to build the engine on their own.

We also offer a rod upgrade in our other listings. The Scat Competition Pro series I beam rods are absolutely the best insurance against failure you can get considering the low cost to upgrade. The regular Scat rods in this auction are excellent, but the Pro-Competition series rods are much lighter and have been cnc profiled and shot peened to relieve all stress risers. The rod body is also designed like a billet rod. They have the larger size 7/16 ARP 12 point cap screws and are especially designed to clear very large cams with little or no clearancing. It's our personal favorite for many reasons, but mostly the added protection against rod or bolt breakage under high rpm. The lighter weight reduces the rotational and reciprocating mass to a considerable degree as well. This has many benefits, including better engine acceleration and less stress on the crank.

To give you an idea of just how much faith we have in the Scat Pro-Competition rods, we use them in our SBC 421/427 engines. The 427 engine has a deeper stroke crank, heavier pistons, and these engines make up to 625 hp and turn up to 6800 rpm. We've had zero failures on over 200 of these engines built. Considering they do this well in the 427, they would most likely never fail in a 383 engine under any conditions.

To be clear: the Scat Pro-Competition rods are NOT included in this kit. They are offered as an upgrade option. See our other listings to check out the full story on the Scat Competition series rods.

HASTINGS 2M SERIES MOLY RINGS, KING MAIN AND ROD BEARINGS INCLUDED.

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HEAVY DUTY FLEXPLATE INCLUDED.

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HEAVY DUTY FLEXPLATE. This flexplate will resist cracking. One good telltale in identifying a low quality flexplate is the lack of welding on each side where the plate mates to the ring gear. They usually have a pale grey color to them, as they are not coated, and will rust quickly. Ours are welded on both sides, and are much thicker than an OE plate, and are either zinc dichromate or black powder coated. We would never use the thinner OE style plate on an assembly like this.

We do offer this assembly with a manual flywheel. See our other listings. In most cases we do have both sizes, 153 and 168 tooth, available.

WARNING: the flexplate and crank have a dowel pin hole. You must align the flexplate and crank dowel pin holes, but do not use a dowel pin. The flexplate was aligned to the crank when we balanced the assembly, and must be installed the same way.

Our CWT 5500 Balancer.

We do our own balancing with our new state of the art CWT 5500 Series balancers. The CWT 5500 is the ultimate for precision balancing. We now have three of these in our machine shop. We consider this machine to be highly advanced compared to the Hines balancer we once used. We balance every rotating assembly we sell within 2 grams or less at no extra charge. A balance sheet is included with your assembly.

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Three CWT balance machines under one roof is a rare sight.

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Our crew wrapping for up the day. Pardon the mess.

Our thoughts on what the competition has to offer.

Many rotating assemblies we see on the market are not using the most suitable parts. We hope you can value the fact that we have put together an above average assembly. The failure rate with the parts used in our assembly is near non-existent. It was through trial and error in years past that taught us where to draw the line with low cost parts. We are out-priced by many others selling assemblies that include parts that have high failure rates. Many of these parts also pose a great problem with assembly due to the fact they require additional machining and can end up costing you a great deal more money and time. If you're going to have a machine shop build your engine, we strongly advise you get an opinion from them on the parts you're going to be bringing to them. Rest assured they will find no problem with the quality of our parts. We have also seen sellers offering parts that are not compatible with what most people are building. Such is the case with 4 valve relief pistons. Those type pistons are sure not to clear the valves when using any decent sized cam. The low grade flexplates are also another problem. Another area of concern would be balancing. Not sure how much attention these sellers are giving the assembly in this area. We spend up to two hours balancing an assembly, and using the very best up to date balancing equipment on the market. If the assembly is not balanced properly, it will hammer the bearings out of the engine, not to mention there is nothing worse than an engine that lacks a smooth feel and sound when under load.

We offer this assembly with selected upgrades. Listed below are some of the most requested ones. Many not only improve performance, but further enhance the reliability and longevity of your engine, along with resale value.

SFI Certified Flexplate: This is a very low cost upgrade and may be required when racing your car at certain tracks. The flexplate that comes with this assembly is a heavy duty plate, but the SFI certified plate is one step up in quality and safety. This SFI plate is made in North America. We noticed these have much less run-out and warpage than we see with many other plates on the market. Plates with too much run-out and warpage can cause a host of problems for your transmission and starter, and affect balancing. The low cost to upgrade to this is well worth, it in our opinion.

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Crank polishing: Extends bearing life, reduces oil temp, frees up a slight amount of average horsepower. This is a very low cost upgrade, and in the world of mass production, most cranks do not come with a true polished finish. This is why most machine shops have a machine to do this. The difference is dramatic between a crank right out of the box and one that we have polished. Bearing companies claim that cranks that have better finishes on the journals will survive the break-in better, and have much longer bearing life. We do a two-step process and bring the RA numbers down in the single digit range. We have the most advanced crank polishing machine on the market.

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Clevite Bearings: We find the Clevite bearings to be a somewhat better product overall. Clevite is what we now use in all of our engines. This is not to say that King bearings are faulty in any way, but under certain conditions, we have seen fewer problems develop with Clevite bearings during break-in. We have sold King bearings for many years and do not hear of problems from our customers, but our experience on the dyno has shown the Clevite bearings have a better surface appearance upon tear-down after many dyno passes.

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Rod to cam clearancing and sizing: We know exactly where and how much to cut the rods for correct cam clearance, and sizing the big end and wrist pin bushing on the Sunnen machine saves a trip to the machine shop. All rods, regardless of brand, should be checked for sizing on a Sunnen machine, and corrected if needed. You will seldom see a complete set of rods that have perfect sizing on both ends right out of the box.

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Race balancing: This is for those who want the engine to operate virtually vibration free at high rpm. Extends engine life and frees up a few more horse power. This is a somewhat labor intensive procedure and is not required, but the feel of an absolutely vibration free engine at high rpm is desirable by many. The standard balance job that is included with this assembly at no extra charge is certainly sufficient. With a race balance job, all pistons and rods are match weighed to within 2/10's of a gram or less, and the final balance is brought down to around 1 gram plus or minus. An ultra smooth engine at high rpm has a noticeable feel and sound to it. If you do not opt for this upgrade, the assembly will still be fully balanced. We spend a good hour and a half doing the regular balance work, and it will certainly meet your needs.

Scat Competition Rods: Recommended for those running hard. The regular Scat rods that come with this assembly are sufficient for most street rod uses, but the Scat Competition series rods offer more security against rod breakage under hard use, and they have the huge ARP-8740 7/16's cap screws. The Competition rods have a 600+ Hp rating, and the slight cost to upgrade is well worth it in our opinion. We use the very same Scat Competition rods in our 600+ hp 427 and 434 engines.

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ARP-2000 rod bolts: This is one upgrade that we find to be very valuable. The rod bolts are most likely to fail under hard use, moreso than the rod itself. When a rod bolt fails during high RPM, total engine destruction is usually the result. The ARP-2000 rod bolts are a very good upgrade, in our opinion. We actually have few, if any, problems with the regular ARP-8740 bolts, but those who run hard always upgrade to the ARP-2000 rod bolts. The ARP-2000 rod bolts also torque at a higher number, and this increased clamping force is also a factor in keeping the big end of the rod stable and true to size. The ARP-2000 bolts are installed in the rods and this upgrade is only available with the Competition rod upgrade.

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Scat 4340 Forged Crank: The forged Scat crank has a rating of 800+ HP. This is the ultimate upgrade for those wanting to run hard. Nos, blowers, turbos, are not an issue with this crank. Even without such power adders, this Crank offers great protection under the most severe conditions. This upgrade also comes with the high Performance King bearings. Should you decide to run power adders in the future, this would be essential. The fatigue life of the 4340 crank over the cast nodular is also greatly extended. We do offer this upgrade as part of many of our assemblies in our other listings. They have the key words, "fully forged," in the title.

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The upgrades above are all available in our other listings. Some of these are often requested by those building an engine without a machine shop. We find most of these upgrades very valuable for those wanting to take longevity and durability to the next level. They are all bottom end related, and that's an area worth investing a few more dollars into, in our opinion, especially if you’re planning on running long and/or hard. These upgrades are also valuable for your build history on your engine, and would certainly increase the resale value of your engine, should you ever sell it.

PLEASE GIVE US A CALL AT 423-722-5152 or 877-383-5152 FOR TECHNICAL INFO. OUR HOURS ARE 8am-8pm EASTERN. 10am-3pm ON SAT.

A note from Skip White, company president.

Many people have asked how is it that we can sell this assembly for such a low price. To answer this; we buy our products at master WD (warehouse distributor) level for all of the items in this assembly, and we are selling direct to the public. We are a volume sales based company. Our profit is based on sheer volume, with a very low markup. It is this large volume purchasing that allows us to buy products at a much lower price and we simply pass these savings on to our customers. This is our main competitive edge.

Skip White

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