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Looking for a new motor in 87 Jimmy

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jimmy'sjimmy, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. jimmy'sjimmy

    jimmy'sjimmy 1/2 ton status

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    i am looking at my options for a new motor for the Jimmy, but need some more info. What are my options? GM Performance Motor or a TBI replacement? Can i put in a carbed engine? :confused: I like the 383 truck engine but what would i need to get it running in my rig. Fuel pump, distributor exc... If i get an engine where i use my stock TBI, the problem is that my TBI system is the biggest headache i have ever had. :mad:Any first person experience would help.

    ps i dont think i can spend more than $4gs.
     
  2. PhoenixZorn

    PhoenixZorn 1/2 ton status

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    www.350chevys.com will hook you up to anywhere in the USA... better if you live in Colorado or Arizona of course, but they will ship any motor they build for like $225 to your home or shop of choice.

    I picked the Stage 1 Carburated 350 (actually a 356) and I was very pleased with the engine itself with a Quadrajet carb. Of course, my truck burned, so I won't show you current pics... but then again, if you want to see what their motors look like installed, check out my photo album. The motor I got was like $1750 plus shipping. That was a 280hp 385ft/lb block of iron that really did rock when it was running. They have a bunch of options, and even have a complete 383 with about 468hp for a mere $4500 or so... You can stay under $4000 shipped with a stage 1 or stage 2 383, or any of the 350s carbed or TBI. He'll paint the block whatever color you want, puts it together and ships it crate style.

    Really the only thing I wasn't happy about with my engine was the chrome valve covers and oil pan. Make sure you get the better parts for a couple hundred more rather than worrying about whether or not your gaskets are going to leak because of the chrome. The warranty is 2 years if he assembles the motor, 1 year if he sends you a long block, and all you pay for (for warrantied work) is shipping to and from his shop in Colorado. I still need to pull the motor off the 86 and send it back to him, but money is tight right now, so it will have to wait.

    All I ask of anyone who decides to buy a motor from these guys is that you ask for Stephan, and tell him I referred you to him. I'm hoping to get a deal on my post-fire rebuild. My name is Adam Jeschke... but don't spread that around. =) Good guys to deal with, though they are a bit slow... custom work takes about a month to three months, and if you pick a motor off the website, it will take about 2 weeks painted and shipped.
     

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