August 15, 2003Well my engine is shot. I got #7 and #5 cylender with 0 compression, a few with 135, and a couple with 25. So what am i looking at? New pistons for sure, rings.... Should i throw a cam in while i do it? I know the basic parts of an engine, but not so much performance. I thought roller rockers, what ever. Give me some ideas, but i dont know if the block has to be bored or not.
August 15, 2003I dont know a whole lot about much of anything, so someone correct me if I am wrong. Contact Performance Automotive Warehouse, (www.paw.com I think), look for the rebuild kit for your specific engine, they usualy have everything you might need, and you can get it all in one convienent package. For example, I got a rebuild kit for a 350ci for a little over $300. After you have found the correct kit, and you tear into your engine, I would check for cracks in the block, among other obvious things. You can usualy take it into a shop, and have them look at it for pretty darn cheap. Then go from there, if your engine block is fine, and there are no major things wrong that the shop finds, then go for the kit. Thats the hard way, personaly, I would see if I could pick up a cheap engine at your favorite local junkyard or classified ads, and just replace the engine. But it`s really up to you, but if you do want to fix the engine you have now, I would say PAW is your best bet.
August 15, 2003Thanks! I`ll get the block torn apart and sent to a machine shop to see what needs to be done, and probably order a kit from them.
I did think about putting a different engine in, but when you think about it, i`ll probably save money just building up the one i have with good parts instead of finding a decent one thats most likely stock. I think just a flat out rebuild kit will do it, probably doesn`t even need a bore. It runs, just not well. I want it done a week from today, but my plans rarely go as scheduled.
August 15, 2003nasty i thought your truck had a fairly new crate 350? its already gone bad? i think they come with a warrenty but i dont know how long it lasts but i`d check into that.
August 15, 2003What cylinders had 25? It could be a broken cam but honestly i dont know exactly.....You have any other details?
August 15, 2003food for thought, i bought a good wrench 350 4 bolt main long block for 1300.00 from my local chevy dealer. all it needed was intake,distributer and the front accessories and carb. bought performer intake, wasted money on elderbrock carb (re-used the one that came from factory) new hooker headers and and accel ignition system. wound up with around 2,100.00 all together.i could have used every thing that was allready on my engine and saved several hundred dollars. i wound up with a decent reliable motor. it sounded good, ran good, and came with a 36 month warranty. my friend choose to rebuild, he had more money invested in a used rebuilt motor than i had in a new one. his broke three weeks later. just my two cents
August 15, 2003Travis, Headahls down here in redfield has remanufactured engines for a decent price along with a financing deal. a down and then 30 bucks a month or something... Then ya just swap the valve covers, manifold, distributor, ect off your old one onto the new motor and your set. Theres one other person i know down here that could cut you a good deal on it and a guy with a brand new 350 in a truck that cant keep trannys in it, The engine only has like 2,000 miles and i beleive its a edelbrock crate engine i know it has an edelbrock maniold, carb, and cam and lifter set in it and i could prolly get ahold of him he moved away but i know where hes at now. Oh ya then mr. axle pro (travis) would have to call engine pro (Bill) to put it in for him lol...
August 15, 2003Besure to mark the rods, rod caps and pistons for what cylinder you pull them from when you pull `em out or you stand a good chance of getting f`d over.
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August 15, 2003If you want to build that up for performance id get it to a 383 first of all, then a cam and lifter kit, maybe higher compression, ignition, port and polish your heads, and headers but then even with just that your gona be looking at a pretty big payment.
August 15, 2003Port match heads and intake
AT LEAST 1.94/1.60 valves
1.6 roller rockers
Bore cylinders .030"-.040"
Have crank cross-drilled
Have whole rotating assembly balanced *crank, flywheel, rods, pistons, etc.*
Get carb. fine tuned by pro
Custom tuned distributor
MSD/Accel/Mallor/Jacobs ignition box/coil
Good set of plug wires
Long tube headers