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383 Stoker Chevy dies when I put it in gear

Specs: 5.7 liter 383 Chevy Stroker, Holley 750cfm, Lunati Hydraulic Roller cam, 478 intake/480 exhaust - 227/234 @ 0.50, Mallory HEI Distibutor and HyFire ignition box.

Have a brand new TH350 with a V-6 torques converter (1800-2000 stall?) that kills the engine every time I put it in gear. I had an Edelbrock 600cfm on the engine before and was able to get it in gear. Is this the problem? Is it also possible that I may have too much fluid in the trans - would that cause this?

Stumped... thanks for the help.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the cam is to big



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That converter should make stalling less of an issue, not more. (stall speed is higher than stock) Make sure that you have the cam degreed in properly, that you have the timing set properly (I'd use 8-12 degrees to begin) and make sure that you have no vacuum leaks.
With a stock converter, you shouldn't use any cam with more than 220 degrees duration...With the higher stall converter, you may get a few more degrees leeway. Also, the carb is too small for the application...should have at least a 750 dbl pumper or larger on there depending largely upon the car weight, gearing and what you have as far as intake and exhaust. (header diameter, length and design)...This should have been all figured out on paper before spending a dime for parts...Biggest mistake I see is people putting "mis-matched" parts together and expecting it to work (everything needs to compliment everything else)

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