I bought the majority of one of these engines today. No rods or pistons though. I've heard it before and the seller mentioned it too that the pistons are the same as for a 283. Funny thing is that I've never heard the "pistons and rods" are 283 units. Anyone know? My guess is yes, the small journal rods will work, but that's my guess. Thanks in advance "If it ain't broke - fix it till it is"