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OH NO!!! 305 died today. Where can i get a really cheap 350?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bigjblazer, Jul 18, 2002.

  1. bigjblazer

    bigjblazer Registered Member

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    Well the 305 threw a rod today. It led of good life of 160k miles. Looks like it's time for a 350. Im in the Atlanta area, and am on an extremely tight budget. Where can i get a 350? I have the 700R4 transmission, which is getting a rebuild while the motor is going to get replaced. Its in an 84 k-5, if that helps. Im 17 and this is my daily, so if anyone can help or has a 350 for sale. PLEASE HELP. Thanks for any help or advice you may have.
     
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    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    have you priced pep boys or auto zone? i dont think you will get a ton of performance but the prices could be reasonable
     
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    Scoggins-Dickey has some of the best prices on crates I have found. Their basic, 249HP pre-87 350 is around $1500. That may be out of your range, but it is a good deal for a new, warranted, practically ready to go crate.
     
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    Yeah, that crate motor from SDPC is just about the best buy you can find. I was looking for a motor really heavily about a month ago and that motor looked to be the best starting point/deal I could find.
     
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    Here is another one that I have researched heavily. If you don't have a core, you can talk them into knocking off $100 of the core charge as they will ship in a standard shipping crate versus one of their fancy core-return crates. Theirs comes with a nationwide 5 year/100K mile warranty for parts AND labor. They also have a souped up 4x4/towing version (about 300-315 HP) available. I am considering getting one of these to replace my bad motor and then build mine back up later as a spare.

    Just some thoughts.
     
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    How much?
     
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    Scoggin-Dickey is in Lubbock, right? Seems like I saw a commercial for them when I was out there...anyone have experience with the '90's Caprice cop car motor?
     
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    If you're talking about the 4x4 version of the 350 it is $1399+$350 core. Not a bad deal in the slightest.
     
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    Honestly, your local GM dealer may well be the best place. They sell *brand-new* (not remanufactured or rebuilt in anyway) long-block 350's ... they're set to TDC, just drop in your distributor, bolt on the water pump, and go.

    It is worth calling around; I was quoted from $1300 to $1500+ for mine (1974 Blazer, and this was ... sheesh, five years ago now), so it pays to let your fingers do the walkin'. I have three or four GM dealers within 20 miles, and picked the one with the best price and nicest guy on the phone.

    It's not necessarily a high performance motor -- basically a stock replacement -- but it's inexpensive, has a decent warranty (3 years, 50K miles maybe? I forget) and dammit, it's NEW, just like your truck came with. Well, just like your truck SHOULD have come with -- 305's are almost as much of a travesty as the 350 Oldsmobile diesels ;-)

    You can get higher performance motors from GM, but then you spend more $$ and get into potential smog issues. Their basic replacement longblock crate engine is, IMHO, what you should be looking at.

    And no, I don't work for GM or nuthin' ... just a strong believer in that longblock. I worry about a lot of things exploding on my Blazer, but the engine ain't one of them. ;-)

    -- A
     

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