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10/20/11 5:44pm - Original Message: 'Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
tinbender
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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Well my trip to OC showed me it's time to deal with my motor.I looked into rebuilding vs crate motor and crate motor won out(due to cost factors:machine work replacement parts and the big one no grage).What I'm asking is your opinion on the different crate motors and where to get them.All I want is something pretty much stock because I Drive  a lot of distance to the shows I do go to.Thanks
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10/20/11 5:55pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Germansville, PA - USA

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1974 Coupe 358ci 4 speed Black w/Medium Saddle interior w/79 custom leather seats. 1999 Covertible, 6 speed, Atomic orange, Oak interior

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Try Summot or Jeg's they both have a good selection of crate motors for all kinds of applications.
 
 


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10/20/11 7:54pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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I love the Edelbrock crate motors, but the General Motors Performace Parts engines are fine. Here are a couple of links to check out:     http://www.edelbrock.com/automotive_new/mc/crate_engines/chevy_sbc.shtml                      http://store.gmperformanceparts.com/store/Welcome.do

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10/20/11 10:13pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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Rick, Its sounds as though your not worried about having a numbers matching engine. If you would rather have a machine shop in your area rebuild an engine for you I have the motor from my 74 that is just sitting around. We could work a deal on it if you want. I am not that far from you.
Now if you are going to go crate engine I like the GM crate motors. They give a good warranty with them as well and you can buy them as just a short block or as a complete engine. Up to you on what you what on it and how much you want to spend.
Good luck with what ever way you decide.
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10/21/11 1:24am - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

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I went the rebuild route on mine, but if I were going crate I'd consider this one as a good buy:


or this one if you want the extra HP and don't mind spending the extra cash:





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10/21/11 7:32am - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

Joined: 1/27/2004
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I have the GM Performance ZZ4 engine in my Vette and I love it. It comes with a 3 year 36K mile warrenty, it's a 350 with 355 HP and they are very reliable. You can get short block all the way up to a turn key (which I got). The turn key comes with everything, a serpentine set up with all the accessories, AC, alternator, water pump, starter, carb, all you need to add is gas & oil. I get 21 MPG highway with it ( I have a 700R4 overdrive trans). Get thier catalog, it shows everything. They also have other engines besides the ZZ4.
Good luck with whatever one you with,
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10/21/11 11:30am - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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DaveM said: I have the GM Performance ZZ4 engine in my Vette and I love it. It comes with a 3 year 36K mile warrenty, it's a 350 with 355 HP and they are very reliable. You can get short block all the way up to a turn key (which I got). The turn key comes with everything, a serpentine set up with all the accessories, AC, alternator, water pump, starter, carb, all you need to add is gas & oil. I get 21 MPG highway with it ( I have a 700R4 overdrive trans). Get thier catalog, it shows everything. They also have other engines besides the ZZ4.
Good luck with whatever one you with,
Dave

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10/21/11 3:16pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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It depends on what you want out of the engine and your driving habits.  A ZZ4 is a great engine but lives for higher rpm's.  If you don't spend a lot of time at those rpm's, you won't get the most out of it.  Maybe a different package will do.

In one of my cars (not a Vette), I have a GM Performance 350HO 330hp crate engine installed.  This is a great engine and serves my purposes well.  In retrospect I would have been just as happy with the next step down, their 350 290hp crate engine.  A big advantage to that is it's a regular fuel engine where the 350HO and the ZZ4 are premium fuel engines.

Decide what your true needs are and base your engine selection on that.  Don't get too blinded by horsepower ratings.  That can get out of hand real quick.


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10/21/11 7:06pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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WEST SENECA, NY - USA

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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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I've been happy with the GM 350 HO 330hp crate engine I put in bank in April '01. The block is set up to easily accept a roller cam with GM parts. I converted it to a roller cam (LT4 Hotcam) a few years ago. A word of caution with this engine. This engine has Vortec heads. If you ever get an engine with Vortec heads and you want to put a cam in with more than .480" lift you must do screw in rocker studs and upgrade the valve springs if it hasn't already been done.

I've run this engine hard many times and have taken many trips and never had any issues. It still runs strong, has great oil pressure, doesn't leak and doesn't burn any oil. The Mexicans did a good job putting this engine together. lol. Yes these are "Hencho en Mexico." Better than China I guess. Unhappy

Like the GM "Gen 1" 290 hp replacement engines, ZZ4's, and GM/Edelbrock crate engines these are decent engines for the money. To bad I wasn't ready to do my LSX conversion, I'd sell you this one cheap.

Good luck in your search!


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10/21/11 7:47pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Stanley, NC - USA

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1981, dark blue w/carmel interior. 350 stock, auto tranny, Q-jet carb, ECM box

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I had to address my engine back in June and went with a stock 350 crate engine from City Chevy in Charlotte. 3 years and I believe 100,000 miles warranty, no rebuilt could touch that. Very please with my choice so far, she be running fine, no problems to date. 

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10/22/11 1:00pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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Thanks to all for the advice ,I'm leaning toward the GM performance 350/290hp.From what I read and heard here it sound like that motor will meet my needs.I don't need a real high horse powered motor ,because I'm a cruiser not a racer.And like I said the shows I do are are about 100+ miles of driving one way.Again thanks all.
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10/22/11 6:12pm - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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Besides, Rick, anything beats your current 165!!!!!! (sorry, had to say it  Embarrassed ) As long as you're happy with it, it doesn't matter! I'd like more HP, but as long as mine is running like it is, it'll stay (unless I find the money tree!!!!  Big smile ).
 
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10/23/11 11:19am - Reply: 'Re: Looking For Some Advice On Motors'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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All depends on your budget and how much power you're looking for Rick. Low $2K and up once you break the 300 HP barrier basically...

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