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who here has rebuilt thier own motor?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big_truxx, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. big_truxx

    big_truxx 1/2 ton status

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    who has rebuilt thier own motor?

    which motor?

    how many have u rebuilt?

    let me know how all worked out :waytogo:
     
  2. grimlock

    grimlock Newbie

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    I have rebuilt my 350 in my 76 K5, the 350 in my 88 IROC-Z, the 307 in my 84 cutlass, and soon the 3.1 in my 92 z-24.

    All were performance rebuilds, in the 76 it was pistons on up, the 307 and the IROC-Z were complete 'stroker' builds. So far all is well, hope the 3.1 goes the same way.
     
  3. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    rebuilt my first engine just this past year
    500 cadillac .060 over
    went "ok" seems to run ok, only about 25 minutes running time so far though
     
  4. grimlock

    grimlock Newbie

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    pretty stout build there! any vid or sound clips of it running?
     
  5. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Haven't in years , but have had at least of handful built , and run . Except one that died ( PREIGNITION , DUDE TIMED BY EAR NOT ME ) :D

    Its all in cleanliness , and paying attention ..... and making sure the right size bearings go in .
     
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    big_truxx 1/2 ton status

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    I am planning on rebuilding the 454 (currently tbi) in my 89 scotsdale crew dual myself once my garabe is up next year. wanna stroke her and build some ponies and carb it and make it breath fire :D
     
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    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Rebuilt a '71 350 for my '82 K-10 a few years ago. Had a shop do the heads though. Sweet, when it fired up! :p:
     
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    thinking about partially having shop do heads ;)
     
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    I rebuilt the 305 that was in my blazer which is now gone..... :crazy: It blew a head gasket cause I used silicone ( I guess thats not good) but other than that it ran good and never let me down. I am currently rebuilding the 1.8L honda topend. So far so good.
     
  11. stayaway

    stayaway Registered Member

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    been doing since I was 13 built around 400 motors buy a chilton book go slow look at what you are doing and really not that hard but have seen people that can not change there oil
     
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    Rebuilt the motors in the K5 and the 56. Been building small blocks since I was in high school. Not much to building one, just follow the specs.
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    been doing it for almost 15 years now, i've probably built around 40 engines. mostly small blocks, but a few BBC, Olds, Pontiac engines. tearing into my first 4 cylinder as we speak, the 2.4 in my freebie 96 Grand Am.
     
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    4 cylinders, v8s, gas, diesel, More Detroit Diesels than I can count, (excluding the 6.2), Caterpillar, an electric motor or two.
     
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    Rebuilt the one in my k5, but I got a fresh short block and went from there. Once I get some working room, I want to try rebuilding the bottom end too. :D
     
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    2 350s. One for my K5 and one for Dad's race car. Race car blew head gaskets on both sides, between the middle 2 cylinders(3/5,2/6) I haven't straight edged them yet but I'm betting on machine work and not install error. My K5 motor blew an intake gasket, but that was after a rushed install in my Suburban when we converted it from carb to TBI(which the cam was not meant for).

    Oh and should be puting together the 383 for the S10 very very soon.

    Oh yeah I forgot about school.... Saturn 1.9L, Saab 2.2L(or 2.0 I forget), and a Chevy 4.3L V6. Saturn was the easiest and good practice since I have a 1995 Saturn with a 1.9L.
     
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    Never my own,but many others...

    I rebuilt or helped rebuild at least 50 motors between working at the auto parts store,helping in the machine shop when they were busier than the parts counter was,and at the junkyard..mostly did head swaps and valve jobs,not that many complete rebuilds--about 15 out of the 50 were "total" rebuilds..

    In my own trucks,I've put in cams,intakes,oil pumps,etc--but if I had a motor that used lots of oil or ran poorly,I didn't rebuild them--I had too many good running used engines from other sources available at reasonable cost,so I just yanked them and swapped in the "good" motor..much faster and easier,and less "downtime"..plus I got to sell off the "smoker" or "rapper" to another guy who was more into rebuilding things than I was..once I left the auto parts store that had the machine shop,it made no sense to spend 250 bucks to have heads done,when I could buy a sweet running 350 for that much or less... :crazy:
     
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    wasted wages 3/4 ton status

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    Iv'e Built A Few,,,,

    In the last 20 some years
    I have built:

    BBC's
    SBC's
    Turbo 350's
    Turbo 400's
    NP 203's
    NP 205's
    Muncie 4 speeds
    10 bolts
    12 bolts
    14 bolts
    D44's
    D60's
    Furd 289/302's/312
    Isuzzu diesels
    Isuzzu gas
    Mercedes benz diesels
    Perkins diesel
    Cummins diesel
    Mack diesel
    Onan gas
    Onan diesel
    Wisconsen
    Yanmars
    Tecumseh
    Briggs and Stratton


    It's all about cleanliness and clearances,,,,,

    Oh then there's my R/C BOAT stuff,,,BURNS 50-65 % NITROMETHANE
    28-32,000 RPM

    OPS 40's
    OPS 60's
    OPS 80's
    OPS 90's

    CMB 21's
    CMB 40'S
    CMB 60'S
    CMB 90'S

    K&B 21'S
    K&B 60'S
     
  19. bayou blazer

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    I have done around a half dozen including a 350 (stock rebuild) a 383 (vortec heads and other goodies) and I am in the middle of building a 496 BBC stroker with lots of head work and power mods. I can second the cleanliness suggestion and also, keep it organized. They are no big deal. Good luck.
     
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    I have never rebuilt any MOTORS but I have rebuilt a few engines. A Pontiac 400 big block, a 305 for an 86 c-10 shortbed and a straight six for my dads 89 grand wagoneer. :D

    Ira
     

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