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I remember reading some conflicting info on the Ford blocks. Some guys have said that the SHP block is made from a different (softer) steel than the sportsman and iron eagle blocks. I seem to remember they said you could tell the difference when machining them. I'm just curious if anyone has any first hand info on that.
 

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They are supposed to be but proving this in the real world is not reality. I will say this, sometimes you can tell the difference when honing. Sometimes the shp is hard as **** when honing also. For the 99% crowd who are hobbyist making in the 1000hp area or so, it's a moot issue.
 

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They are supposed to be but proving this in the real world is not reality. I will say this, sometimes you can tell the difference when honing. Sometimes the shp is hard as **** when honing also. For the 99% crowd who are hobbyist making in the 1000hp area or so, it's a moot issue.
Thanks, It's been hard to find anything definitive. Would you rate the 9.5 shp higher than the typical 8.2 equivalent? I'd like to purchase a block around spring time and would like to keep my custom oil pan, which means I'll be looking at either a shp or sportsman. I don't foresee trying to make more than 1500 fwhp ever.
 

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Thanks Mark.
 

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Aren't some of their blocks available in CGI? Not sure about the Fords, maybe that's just the Big M blocks?
 

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I imagine it would be a similar case as with offshore cylinder heads, by the time you spend money in machining to get it "right" you would have been better off going with a Dart to start with.
 

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You'll spend about the same money to machine either block. That amount depends on how right you want it to be.
That is a very quotable comment. It sounds like something that should be made into a sign and displayed in every machine shop. You know, like the sign that says you can only have two out of these three options: Quality, Fast, Cheap. lol
 
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