... It was a combination that was well known by Chevy drag racers for many years prior to the '67 Z-28. Going back to the old 283 blocks, you could actually bore them out .125" over to get to a full 4-inch bore and racers were happy to have the extra cubic inches. Vince had long known of that bore/stroke combination and recommended it to Pete Estes because that would put them just under the 5-liter limit of the Trans-Am class and give them a cubic inch advantage over the competition which were only offering 289s and 273s at the time.
back then.... we called those bored 283 engines '301' ci.. the actual displacement is 301.xx something. Chevy rounded it up to 302. A friend had one in a 51 Henry J when I was in school! it was said among the racers that use of a 59 'Canadian block 283 had a bit more metal to allow the 1/8" overbore without getting too close to the water jackets, but I have no idea if that was true or not..
Anyone else ever heard that logic?
Chevy's use of the 327 block and 283 crank gave them an engine closely under the 5 liter limit, and use of the 327 block allowed them to slightly enlarge it to hit the 5 L mark on the head, and have a bit more metal around the water jackets than the old 301 engines. But to be sure, 302, 302, or 305, they all rev and run like a scared rabbit..
Gary / 69Z28-RS