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Old 03-17-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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I've got a 350 out of an early 90's 1 ton chevy. I plan on getting it rebuilt but have no idea of the cost involved. I was told that it had low compression in one cylinder and would need to be rebuilt. I don't want an all out race motor just an engine to run on pump gas , preferably reg or 87 octane. Does anyone have any ideas of how much a rebuild would cost and who does good work for reasonable money in central Texas?

It will be going into an 84 Chevy K10 with a 700R4 and NP208 combo. The axles are 4.11. I might put in 4.56 down the road. The tires will be at max 36 x 12.50 most likely 35x12.50 all terrains on the street. The biggest thing the truck will tow is a low boy trailer. Hauling an atv here and there. I would like to drive it onst or twice a week on the road to keep the battery up. What would be a good buildup for the engine? I have little experience with engines really. I've helped put together a few race engines that went into drag boats but I didn't blue print them or plan them, I just helped turn the wrenches. I mean as far as camshaft,piston, heads what would be a ideal driver/occasional hauler engine? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:36 PM   #2
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Just my 2 cents, tear it apart and see how bad the crank and your bearings look. Have the heads checked out and look at the cylinder walls and the pistons. If nothing is damaged too bad, if it were me, I would freshen everything up and go with it, unless you are wanting a bigger cam or someething like that.
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
 
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if you were to go thru the trouble of doing it right,
parts, machine shop labor (if needed) and all your
fluids will set you back as little as $500 or as much
as $2500...all depends on what parts you need/want
and what kind of machining you need/want...and,
how much of the tear down/rebuild you actually
end up doing yourself vs. a shop......

at the shop I work for, a motor swap starts
at around $1500 and that is just the labor for the
swap itself....for example,I can work your heads for just $70
bucks a side, but that does not include any hard parts
OR the labor/parts to remove and re-install the heads..

obviously, the more you want to twist out of the mill,
the higher the price tag...I was working at a go-fast engine
builder's shop many years ago, when a customer asked the boss
"How fast can you make it?"
the boss responded,
"How much do you want to spend?"

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Old 03-17-2009, 04:45 PM   #4
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I would turn it in as a buildable core and walk out with a built long block from Quality Engines off North Lamar in Austin. I haven't been in Austin in 6yrs but I used them many times for engines when I did live there. You can walk out with a long block and drop it in that day.

My small block 406 roller motor just cost me $4,000 for machine work and labor. Depends on what you are looking for.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #5
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I would say the cheapest you are looking at is around $1200 give or take a little.

I agree with muddslinger that a long block would be the best way to go as far as cheap and fast is concerned. It would be a decent motor as far as driveablility and for occasional towing. It will run on 87 pump gas too.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
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If I'm using a 350 out of 91 3500 chevy would the it need a different intake than the edelbrock performer I have on my 305?
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no it will fit on the 91 350.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:13 AM   #8
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What year did they change the head/intake design?
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:14 PM   #9
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1987 was the year they went to tbi fuel injection.

Your intake will fit with a little modification to the bolt holes in the center on each side.
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