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I'm talking Buying a used block, having it macined.
Buying new crank, cam and lifters.
New (for racing use) pistons and rings
Used head's and having head work done.
Using the pan I already have, and the TPI Manifold and intake I already have until i can buy a ram jet or such.
The price difference was only $300 (block clearence and stroker rods)for my 383 rebuild over keeping it a 350.This is where I ordered my parts from some of the best prices I could find http://www.flatlanderracing.com/index.html
Originally posted by Geezer powered I don't think he is looking to spend that much.Are you?
Back in 96, I had them stick TFS heads on their short block for around $5K. Big mistake, should have gone with AFR heads. Bottom line is you get what you pay for. Good machine work is not cheap. Good machinists don't have to and don't work cheap. You want the assembly balanced and blueprinted or you want it assembled? You want to use quality components or just some leftover that might be ok? You want the engine to work well or do you want it to work? You want a fresh tech school grad doing the work or some intern if you are unlucly or do you want an experienced person who knows what they are doing? I bought the TFS heads because they were cheap. Made a big mistake there and it cost me more later.
I wouldnt get a used block. A block will only run you a couple hundred bucks by its self and its not worth the risk of having a cracked block. If you do decide to reuse it make sure to have it checked for any signs of cracking.
I had an advertisement from summit a few months ago that advertised a GM 383 rotating assembly for $1200. Get the engine bored and do the heads and your in business..... but ditch the TPI as soon as you can!
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"I wouldnt get a used block. A block will only run you a couple hundred bucks by its self and its not worth the risk of having a cracked block. If you do decide to reuse it make sure to have it checked for any signs of cracking."
Where are you finding unused blocks for a couple hundred bucks? I use "used blocks" all the time. One of the basic things to do at a machine shop is check the block for cracks before proceeding with a bunch of expensive machine work. Do you realize that NASCAR gets virgin blocks and then cylces them to make them more like a used block.
Parts $700(crank,rods,pistons) machine work $1200(clean and check block,bore,clearence for crank and rods,internal balance,cam-rod-crank bearings,freeze plugs,and assemble short block).About the used block I spun four bearings and two pistons were locked to the connecting rods in my stock 350 and my block was still good.
so i stand corrected use the old block as long as it has no cracks in it. How much power is the stock 350 block good for without worrying about damaging it?
And as far as new blocks im pretty sure a guy i know could get bowtie blocks for like 400 canadian? I dont know what a "bowtie" block is is it a used chevy block just cleaned out and checked for cracks.