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67mike
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From: Arab,AL
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 09-20-2002 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67mike   Click Here to Email 67mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally took my block to the shop today to start rebuilding it. I was going to farm it out, but think I will bite the bullit and do it.get ready for q's mike

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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
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posted 09-20-2002 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Take your time, check everything twice and then check it again. Be neat and orderly; organize your tools and parts. Do everything with surgical cleanliness, your motor will thank you for it

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V8 Thumper
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posted 09-20-2002 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 66MustangGTCoupe289:
here's a "q" for you. how much will your rebuild cost?



Stocker budget rebuild, as little as $1000. Add a little thump for an extra zero

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67mike
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posted 09-20-2002 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67mike   Click Here to Email 67mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know the cost exactly yet. I was planning on a grand or so...
I hope my machinist will say the block can get away with honing and polishing the crank.The motor was in decent shape, non-smoker, needed bearings. Cross hatch was still visible on bores, but low compression pistons I think.We'll see in a day or three. Thanks guys - mike

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bluestreek
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From: Athens,GA
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 09-20-2002 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by V8 Thumper:

Stocker budget rebuild, as little as $1000. Add a little thump for an extra zero

On my 331 stroker project, the machine shop charged me $650 for the whole process, including cleaning, clearancing, boring, polishing, balancing, and race prep.

Machine shop cost incl. balancing - $650
Premium stroker kit -$1150
Gaskets, bolts, misc. - $160
Main girdle - $100
Steel DR timing set - $60
Solid Roller cam - $239
Solid Roller lifters - $250
Pushrods - $45
Fluid damper - $200
Flywheel - $225
HD Oil and water pump - $ 80
Racing oil pan - $160
TFS Alum heads (rebuilt) - $750
Roller rockers - $200
Stealth intake - $100
1" 4 hole spacer - $15
Alum valve covers - $60
Holley HP 750 carb (reman.) - $250
MSD 6AL and dist. (used) - $200
Hooker headers (used) - $100

GRAND TOTAL -------------------- $4994


There you have it. A nice little thumper SBF for less than $5000.
The FMS Racing 435 HP 351 stroker crate motor for $5995 doesn't sound that bad after looking at my total costs.

[This message has been edited by bluestreek (edited 09-20-2002).]

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 09-20-2002 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bluestreek,
I think you've got a few items on your list that wouldn't come with the FoMoCo crate engine.....which would bring your comparative cost down some.

I never regret going "my own way" with building it myself vs. buying it built. However, if the $$ differences were enough...then it's your choice. I've heard some folks say that even if you buy a crate engine, that you should tear it down and simply check everything; to ensure it was assembled / machined correctly.

To each their own,
Ryan

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ice'68
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From: Fresno, CA
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 09-20-2002 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ice'68   Click Here to Email ice'68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bluestreak,

Did they do the heads as well? I'm also having my 351 balanced. The guy quoted me $200 just to balance it

[This message has been edited by ice'68 (edited 09-20-2002).]

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bluestreek
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From: Athens,GA
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 09-21-2002 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a breakdown of the bill:

Heads (guides were ok) - $140
cleaning - $25
Boring - $100
Decking- $100
freeze plugs -$15
check & polish crank -$25
clearancing and race prep -$30
Balancing - $150
assemble piston rings and rods- $35
install cam bearings - $25
Total---------------------------$645

Remember that these are "good ole boy" prices.

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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 09-21-2002 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last engine I built cost me $171 in machine work on the block which included:

Hot tanking block
Boring to .060
Finsish hone to match pistons
Install cam bearings
Install freeze plugs
Fitting pistons to rods

My rebuild kit came from Northern Auto and cost about $250 which included upgrades for Comp Cam and lifters, HV oil pump, cloyes chain and gears and FelPro gaskets.

Purchased new crank from Advance Auto for around $70, I think.

I had my headers wire blasted and repainted them with 1200 degree aluminum paint, cleaned and repainted my intake and just dropped my carb back on the engine.

Even with all the chrome goodies (oil pan, WP, etc), engine hoist rental and other odds and ends I have a little less than $700 invested.

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