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need a new short block

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by pornorob, Sep 15, 2001.

  1. pornorob

    pornorob 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone know a good place to get a new or rebuilt 350 short block for a reasonable price? I'm in Washington right near tacoma so if anyone knows of a shop in this area or a good place online to order one from please let me know. Thanx everyone

    '72 Chevy Blazer CST, 4" lift , rebuilding the engine right now
     
  2. Steve_Chin

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    My one piece of advice is to avoid the mass-market rebuilders, especially "Bonded Motors." I had a very bad experience with them when I got lazy and didn't build my own engine...
     
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    You need to be a little more specific as to the price range you are looking at and what are you looking for in terms of power. There are so many different companies out there with so many power ranges it is not funny. It may be adventagious for you to take the one you have to a builder, or some machine shops will assemble a short block for you after the machine work is done for peanuts. Sometimes it is better to use your own stuff and build a good 3 or 4 hundred horsepower engine for a couple of grand than spend $1500 on a 165 horsepower may-pop.... some of the "short blocks" you can buy, even though some have a warantee and are from a reputable company are put together with junk parts. If you buy the engine from a supplier find out if they are willing to warantee it or do you have to go through the manufacturer. If the supplier is willing to warantee it, that may be a good sign that they have had good luck in the past.
    Another thing to look at is stroking a 350 block to 383. I have one in my 72 Blazer and it flat boogies. If you have a good 350 block and you want a "new" engine, stroker kits are not that much. Try to get a kit that is internally balanced. A 383 kit uses a small block 400 crank. The 400's were externally balanced but with the new kits you can get them internally balanced. Look at summitt.com or paws.com and they have the kits and complete engines.

    John

    Like to go sloppin' 'round in da mud in a rapid fashion....=)
     
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    shop around. i usually rebuild my engines for under 1k, mostly stock but they last. start with www.naparts.com and look around for a good local machine shop to bore your engine out and rebuild you cyl heads.

    ARQ.

    1-72 4x4 CST Blazer
    2-71 4x4 CST Blazer
     
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    Another thought for finding a good machine shop is to stop and ask people with musclecars who they had do their machine work and whether they were happy with it.
     

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