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Engine swap...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by socal chevy, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. socal chevy

    socal chevy 1/2 ton status

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    If I were to swap out my 305 engine, what would you guys think would be the best thing to put in its place? New? Used?... Also, what other Parts would I most likely Need/ Want to replace with the engine?.... If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great! I would like to save as much money as possible, but would also like a DEPENDABLE engine. Thanks.

    I have a 1984 Chevy Scottsdale longbed....4x4
     
  2. LongIslander26

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    Engine swap

    If $$ is the big issue, then a 350 is the way to go. A big block would fit for sure, but you'd have to get EVERYTHING for it. A 350 has the same dimensions as your 305, and you're not going to find another motor with more parts available for it and as cheap as they are for 350's, plus all you're your accessories will just bolt right on to it as well.
     
  3. dleroy43

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    I thought you were selling your truck? I was cocidering buying it and put in a 350 if you still had it in a couple months but I can wait till you swap in a 350 :D If you buy a 350 it will give you more power and most of the parts will swap over :cool1:
     
  4. JEBSR

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    350

    If you want reliability and a little more power I would go with a 350 crate motor from chevy. 1000-1200 with a 12/12,000-24/24,000 warranty.
     
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    camiswelding 1/2 ton status

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    My new tbi roller cam motor... with everything... all accessories... brackets computer...wiring.... (1989 vintage)

    $2250 (cost 3k to build)
    :D
    cam
     
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    Watch out for the smog gods-theyd will strike you down. If you are in the service, and the rig is tagged out of state, you have more leeway. If it is tagged in CA, whatever you put in has the meet the same smog standards as the OE motor. At least that is what I remember bout CA smog laws.
     
  7. socal chevy

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    Where can I find them for that price?
     
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    Crate Motor

    From Chevrolet. Don't bother with the section of the catalog that has all the Hi-Po aluminum headed motors, you want the ones that don't have all the pictures and specs. Try www.goodwrench.com. You can find a replacement motor, and locate a local dealer who has one, or can get one.
     
  9. JEBSR

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    Yep Yep Yep :d
     

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