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sleeve it or trash it?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by crossjim, May 29, 2004.

  1. crossjim

    crossjim Registered Member

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    Just bought an 88 Jimmy knowing it had thrown a rod. Got it home and pulled the engine which revealed an oil pan full of coolant and three broken rods. I haven't torn it down yet, just removed the oil pan to see the carnage, but I assume there is at least one hole in a cylinder wall. I have no experience with damage this bad. Can I put a sleeve in the damaged cylinders? If so, is that a quality fix or will I regret it later? I want this engine to last a Long time. Any knowledgeable replies would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    pick up a good 350 block...You will come out about the same once you figure in the cost of putting a few sleeves in your current block. I saw a 1988 350 roller ready block with 1-piece RMS on e-bay a while back for like $200 and it was still unbored...

    Chris
     
  3. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    I'd trash that block. Depending on how much you're willing to spend, a crate engine might be in order. /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  4. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    I agree about using a different undamaged block, for that matter you can probably find a running engine locally that wouldn't need much machining /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  5. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    350 blocks are far too cheap, and easy to find. I'd only try to sleeve a block that was very rare (and valuable). Find one in a Caprice and it should have a roller cam right from the factory. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     

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