2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LT Crew Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Hauling a Big-Block Chevy

September 17, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

When my father and I decided to recreate his black 1969 Baldwin-Motion SS427 Camaro we knew the car had to have a real 427-cubic-inch big-block Chevy engine, just as his original car did 43 years ago. The problem was under the hood of the car we bought for the project. There sat a 454-cubic-inch engine. Although it was cosmetically correct, it had to go.

With a new 430-horsepower ZZ427 crate engine from GM performance bought and delivered, we pulled the 454 from the Camaro's engine bay and dropped it into the bed of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Silverado for a short ride to its new owner. The engine will soon be powering a '72 Chevelle project he's building for his son.

A big-block like this one powered many of the Silverado's predecessors, and a fully assembled cast iron big-block Chevy is not light. Although the Silverado didn't seem to mind the 500+ lbs. in its bed, the castors of the engine stand were very hard on the bed itself, leaving behind badly scratched paint and even a dent or two.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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