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Old 02-19-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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I have a 350 out of a 91 chevy 1 ton and and needing to get the engine rebuilt. The problem is my buddy pulled the engine and took the heads off before I bought it and it's missing the pushrods,rockers,lifters and springs. I need to know whether i would be better off just ordering the parts beforehand or letting the machine shop order them? Any parts recomendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-19-2010, 05:06 PM   #2
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if your going to put money in. Upgrade and save some power...seems you have to replace the lost parts anyway. Roller lifters too sweet up-grade. Springs....hmmmm not sure if that will dictate what you have for a cam shaft. I would Replace the cam as well. New surface for your New roller lifter to ride on.

Or get factory replacement parts and move along. Do your homework and check on prices and see what your Mechanic has to offer.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:00 PM   #3
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You are better off buying all your parts from the machine shop that is doing the work.

Machine shops usually buy thier parts in bulk, which means they can pass the savings on to you. Plus you don't have to pay shipping because most machine shops get thier daily orders delivered right to them.

I have NEVER seen an auto parts store (AutoZone, Advance, Oreillys, etc) that was cheaper on engine parts than a machine shop. They are just another middle-man, and they get thier mark up price.

Beware some of that E-Bay stuff, it can be very poor quality.

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yeppers i get it from the machine shop tha cleans and rebuilds them for you buddy. Then he can set them up for what your looking for, and figure out what cam your getting so you can get the right springs/pushrods for it.

Another good deal would be to order it all from summit racing or jegs, that is what i usually do. They actually have there own brand springs pushrods and cams that work really great, Summit even makes there own intakes. check them out buddy.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:45 PM   #5
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You are better off buying all your parts from the machine shop that is doing the work.

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Just let them know in advance what your budget for it is.
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:31 PM   #6
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When you furnish the parts and they go bad you get to buy new parts and pay for install.They furnish the parts and they go bad they replace them on there dime.Which is cheaper now?
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Their parts are usually cheaper anyway, I'd let the builder get them.
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I've always found I can beat the machine shops price. They mark parts up just like everyone else. As far as a warranty better ask first about that most don't warranty squat. If the cam goes bad they blame the oil or you or the parts manufacturer. Check Summit for a matched package cam lifters push rod and springs. That is usually the cheapest route and the parts are made to work together. Did you talk with the machine shop about what this is going to cost?? You mite be able to buy a complete engine cheaper. If you haven't ASK be for you let them do all this work. Just my 2 cents.
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i would definately just do everything through your machine shop, tell him what you want and what you are wanting to do and what your budget is and 99% of the time they build it and stand behind it.if they dont stand behind their product i wouldnt use them.good luck with it let us know how it goes
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It's been a few months or more since I got a quote on price but they said it would run about $700 for the rebuild I think.
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I don't think $700 is going to get you much of a rebuild. For that price they'll probably just slap some new bearings and rings in it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:38 PM   #12
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Anyone ever use the summit or jegs brand headers?
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Pretty much all those "summit/jegs brand" parts are the same cheep-o stuff you can get a Autozone, Advance, Oreillys.

They buy all that stuff in bulk (just like the machine shops ) and slap thier name on it.

The #1 problem I have with "cheap" headers is that they hang down so low. Some hang down almost 2" BELOW the bottom of the frame rail.
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