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Old 10-09-2012, 01:52 PM   #21
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Is there a ballpark figure on what to expect for cost on a 302 or 350? Like I said before: just doing a modest rebuild. No high end performance parts, but not necessarily OEM either. Maybe somewhere in the middle to lower range? Thanks for all the information so far. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #22
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Oh god why go for anything but a chevy 350? Parts are dirt cheap, the engines are everywhere, the process has probably been documented a million times by now and people swap them into everything
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Is there a ballpark figure on what to expect for cost on a 302 or 350? Like I said before: just doing a modest rebuild. No high end performance parts, but not necessarily OEM either. Maybe somewhere in the middle to lower range? Thanks for all the information so far. I appreciate it.
Figure $1500 by the time your all said and done if. That doesn't count what ever you spend on the engine itself. Machine work will be $400-600, plus parts like pistons, bearings, seals, etc. Now, that isn't factoring in anything that needs to be replaced outside of a regular rebuild.
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Figure $1500 by the time your all said and done if. That doesn't count what ever you spend on the engine itself. Machine work will be $400-600, plus parts like pistons, bearings, seals, etc. Now, that isn't factoring in anything that needs to be replaced outside of a regular rebuild.
I go for that. ^^^^^^^^ Just grab a core motor & a engine stand. I've fired up a few engines on the ground, no big deal. I wouldn't even buy a vechicle at all. Make sure its a quadrajet carb. Then you get to rebuild & adjust a smooth running carb of all time.
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In an effort to sound as noobish a possible, is it mandatory to remachine the block no matter what? Will every used block have to be remachined, or is it just down to whether or not the cylinders are scored/damaged/different bores? I don't want to go so cheap that all the effort goes for nought. Just curious if it's something that is a requirement no matter what the situation.
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In an effort to sound as noobish a possible, is it mandatory to remachine the block no matter what? Will every used block have to be remachined, or is it just down to whether or not the cylinders are scored/damaged/different bores? I don't want to go so cheap that all the effort goes for nought. Just curious if it's something that is a requirement no matter what the situation.
The manchine shop will check the cylinders for wear. All blocks are going to have a tapered wear= where the rings ride up & down in the cylinders, so more than others. To do it right you'd want the machine shop to figure out if it just needs a cleanup hone or bore & hone & oversize pistons & rings. Then you'd want them to resize the rods & hang & align the pistons unless you have floating pins. For a basic small block chevy kit it'll come w/ cast pistons,rings, bearings= rod/main, oil pump & a true roller chain. Then the machinst w/ say like= You need a .030 over pistons & .010 under mains or rods or both. Then you order the correct clearence sizes. Then the fun begins, grab a plastic gauge kit.
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Sorry to resurrect the thread, but I was having somewhat similar thoughts of rebuilding. No matter what engine you go with let me introduce you to the best $30 or so dollars the curious can spend:

Boxwrench video series: Basic engine building Volume I (2nd. ed) DVD

I have no affiliation with the company and they did only rebuild v-8's but they not only walk you through the entirety of the process, they take you through what the machine shop does for you and what is available to you most steps of the way. You wont watch it one time through and be instantly turned into Mr. Pro Mechanic, but they will give you a guide from what to do to pull the engine out all the way down to breaking in the engine back in your vehicle. They also rebuild cylinder heads.

Honestly if there was a way for every person who every wanted to try it or who had a question about the process to see this I'd be willing to bet it would answer most inquiries.

Its almost worth it to see what an engine that's taken on seawater looks like when they rebuild it. Narf!
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