Go big block, or stay small block?

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  1. Russell

    Russell LLY Escalade Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Hey guys!

    A dude I know gave me the number of a guy selling an 87 2wd 1 ton single rear wheel crewcab truck with a TBI 454 / TH400 combo in it. He wants 500 bucks for it.

    Would it be worth the effort to drop that big block into my shortbox step-side truck? I don't plan to keep the truck after this summer, and I want to make a quick return on it (paid 350 for it, then spent another 150 on an engine).

    If I did drop the big block in, would it significiantly improve the worth of the truck?

    I personally don't really want a big block in either of my vehicles. A small block makes more than enough power for what I use my vehicles for, and the gas costs would be killer! So, if it wouldn't make a significant improvement in the worth of the step side truck, then I don't wanna bother wasting my time and effort :P
     
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    Not Worth It !!!!!!!
     
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    SUPER'BURB 1/2 ton status

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    What he said.

    Unless you want the pow pow and you said you didn't.
     
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    Used to be that a big block was about a $1,000 upgrade in the Kelley Blue Book over the small block. That was for later model vehicles. I think gas prices are making people wary of big blocks. If I was buying your truck, I would pay more for the big block but probably not enough more to justify the time and money you are talking about.
     
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    Remember you aren't the only one thinking about gas prices. How much of a selling feature is an engine like that now? Anyone that wants the engine will buy it. The same doesn't go for the truck with a 454!
     
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    Yeah, I think I agree with you guys.

    The small block in the truck runs very well, and has plenty enough snort. I'll just let the big block pass :)
     

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