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crate motor or parts store rebuilt motor

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Taz, Mar 28, 2001.

  1. Taz

    Taz Registered Member

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    My motor seized last night. the local parts store want $800 for a rebuilt motor (15 month 15,000 mi warentee) and the cheapest crate motor I could find was $2200. has anybody had any problems with a rebuilt?

    This is for a '83 Chevy 350
     
  2. muddin4fun

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    It's prolly more of a decision of which warenty you want. Just look at the specs and see if the rebuilt has been bored over to such an ungodly amount that you can't rebuild it cause then you'll loose your core if you have your truck long enough. Why did it seize? Did you forget to check yer erl (that's oil for you city folk)?

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  3. lowlevell

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    I and everyone i know have always used parts store motors. Never had any problem with them, except having to go back after the break in period and retighten tthe rockers. What seized on your engine? The crank? How many miles? Take it apart and find out. If your top end is still good, i would just buy a short block. Much cheaper that way. But a little (lot) more work.

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  4. CaptCrunch

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    Yeah like Mudd'n said... check the specs and hp. A plainjane no bells and whistle crate goes in the $1300 range. It also depends what parts store.... Not sure what is in your area, but I know here CSK(aka checker, schmuck or whatever they are called...) aren't worth a dime. Generally I would stick with NAPA although they tend to be a bit more expensive, but they are top notch. You could also get one shipped from nationwide... I have used them and they are excellent... shortblock 350's for about 600 and long blocks for about 800... warranty too.
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  5. Taz

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    the oil pressure guage said 30 psi when I started it up, if there was no oil in it I was pushing air or the sending unit was shot
    I drove about 1 1/2 miles and smoke/oil shot behind me. when I got it home I saw a long crack in the bottom of the pan, so either I threw a rod or hit something??

    thanks
     
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    Sounds kinda like you might have lost a wristpin (busted out of the piston). If so, that motor is toast on the bottom end. Depending on what happened with that piston, one of the heads may also be toast (or at least need new valves and guides).

    Bad Dog

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, NP205, D60/C14, 4.56
    Coming soon: 4" lift, 40" tires, massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
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    You could also get an Edelbrock Crate Engine [​IMG]
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    I have known a few people who bought Auto Zone and Advanced Auto Parts engines with good luck!

    Also liek the others said, you can get a GM re-man. I have seen 205hp 350's for around $1100 here ..

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  9. HarryH3

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    GM's Targetmaster 350's aren't re-man's. They're brand new engines from top to bottom. They aren't high-performance, just stock 350's. But they go for around $1,300. Pretty cheap for a brand new 350.

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  10. muddin4fun

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    Napa's selling a 383 stroker 400hp for around 2,000. WOW!!!
    Talk about a brute!!!

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    The standard GM 350 crate also puts out 249 Horses, which really isn't that bad if you think about it. It's not some super engine but thats more horses than what came stock in these blazers.

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    Back in 96 I bought a 350 from the dealer I don't remember how much but it was up there $1,800. The plus was that they deliver it to your house. Also it's all new,and painted up!

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    Problem with rebuilds is that when they put it back together the only replace the parts that don't spec. right. A crate motor is all new. I figure if I am going to do it, I want to do it right. Even if it is a couple more dollars.
     
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    Hey mudd'n... Napa has that? They have the specs and parts listed for that online somewhere...?

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    Hey Taz!? What exafctly are you looking for w/ a motor. Cheapest good running motor you can find? A rebuilt or one with a warranty... Also what kinda performance? Stock... a bit more... or something in the nice 300 or 350 range to get the trucking going? BTW... chances are w/ a crate motor you are gonna end up changing the cam anyways to one for more torque then hp.

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    Here ya go Cap:
    Four star long block 383 stroker
    Part # is CP383LB
    373hp 420 ft lbs torque
    9.5:1 compression
    pink stripe cam
    stock 350 heads
    It runs on pumpgas
    Nick said to go to your local Napa and ask if they sell Four star motors and give them that part number. When my motor goes out I'm putting one of those in there. [​IMG]. He said he couldn't give a price cause his store gets some sorta discount.

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    True, but it's hardly what I would call "high performance". [​IMG] The next step up gets you to around 330 HP. Quite a difference from stock. [​IMG]

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    i put an autozone motor in one of my company trucks, an 82 ford 302, 2 1/2 years ago, and the thing ran great until one of my guys ran it hot, and blew a head gasket. and after a head and valve job and some new gaskets it is running great again. when i had it apart i decided to order some fun parts from summit, and installed a higher torque cam, and a 2 roller timing chain. that was a first for me, and it really was not hard. just took some time. i think about 12 hours total
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    I'll have to ask our rep Tim about it... then he can give me the hook up... whatever the store gets it for... I get it for [​IMG]. Sounds interesting... not sure how great of a deal it is w/ stock heads when a Speed-0-motive 383 shortblock goes for 1200... Thanks

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  20. K5Buckeye

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    Hey dudes, I'm new here. This is a topic of interest for me also. What are your opinions on the 383 that Chevy offers. Saw it on the Jim Pace site. And they got a complete 350/330 for $3100. But does that got the torque to move our rigs?

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