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Old 05-30-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Should I buy the motor?

Someone I know is selling me their motor, transmission included, for my car, which recently broke down. The motor he's selling me is an Edelbrock 350 crate engine which was just freshly rebuilt. He is selling it to me for $1,000 including installation. Now I'm wondering if I should buy it, or just sell my car as is, not running, and it is a project car also, so I'd say it's about halfway restored right now.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:31 PM   #2
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I would be sure that it is truely rebuilt, and not a spray can overhaul. If a good stout motor $1000 with trans. and installed is not a bad deal.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:01 AM   #3
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I would be sure that it is truely rebuilt, and not a spray can overhaul. If a good stout motor $1000 with trans. and installed is not a bad deal.
Yeah I have to talk to the guy if it is legit, if it is I will most likely end up buying it.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:22 PM   #4
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Someone I know is selling me their motor, transmission included, for my car, which recently broke down. The motor he's selling me is an Edelbrock 350 crate engine which was just freshly rebuilt. He is selling it to me for $1,000 including installation. Now I'm wondering if I should buy it, or just sell my car as is, not running, and it is a project car also, so I'd say it's about halfway restored right now.
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$1000. for engine + trans (TH350?) + install.....that is a great deal if everthing is running. The install labor alone $600+.

Is it a shop? (cuz they are doing the install?)
I'm in OC, if you need any help assessing PM me.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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$1000. for engine + trans (TH350?) + install.....that is a great deal if everthing is running. The install labor alone $600+.

Is it a shop? (cuz they are doing the install?)
I'm in OC, if you need any help assessing PM me.
It's actually someone I know. He had it on his Nova, but then he sold the car and took the engine out, now it's in his rat rod, but he says he doesn't want that engine for it, so he's selling it to me and he'll install it also at his house.
Definitely, I'll let you know what happens.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
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So you could get in and test drive it? You should.
Then your buddy will install it in your car for $1000.00? That's a SMOKING DEAL......You shouldn't let it get away.

Too bad your car isn't a 75, you could do a 5.3 motor.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #7
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Years ago I bought a crate 350 - 330 HP from Chevy and it was $3200 in 2000, so a rebuilt (if it's a good rebuild) WITH a tranny at $1000 is a great deal. The install is icing on thecake. I also rebuilt my Turbo350 tranny for approx. $400. Jump on it as long as you are confident the rebuilds are solid. The car will move faster and get much mre attention with a drivetrain. MANY more people looking for a driveable vintage than there are restoration lookers.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
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So you could get in and test drive it? You should.
Then your buddy will install it in your car for $1000.00? That's a SMOKING DEAL......You shouldn't let it get away.

Too bad your car isn't a 75, you could do a 5.3 motor.
He just has it on his rat rod it's not wired up or anything, he just wanted to see how it looked on it. He's selling it for $1,000, but he'll installer for free.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #9
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That sounds like a great deal, especially if you don't have the ability yourself to do the install and he's doing it for you
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Too bad your car isn't a 75, you could do a 5.3 motor.
Why does 1975 have anyhting to do with a 5.3?And if he was going to go with a newer series engine, why not go with an LS?
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #10
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That sounds like a great deal, especially if you don't have the ability yourself to do the install and he's doing it for you
Why does 1975 have anyhting to do with a 5.3?And if he was going to go with a newer series engine, why not go with an LS?
< 1976 = NO SMOG requirements in CA.....

Used 5.3 engines are $400 + turbo = 700hp.
And a 5.3 is an LS family engine.....one of the best!
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:55 AM   #11
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< 1976 = NO SMOG requirements in CA.....
Thanks for explaining. I was wondering if that's where you were going with that

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Used 5.3 engines are $400 + turbo = 700hp.
And a 5.3 is an LS family engine.....one of the best!
I should have worded it differently. I knew it was an LS series (actually have one lying around), but I was wondering why that over an LS1 or LS2
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:07 AM   #12
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< 1976 = NO SMOG requirements in CA.....

Used 5.3 engines are $400 + turbo = 700hp.
And a 5.3 is an LS family engine.....one of the best!
So 1976 below you don't need to smog?
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So 1976 below you don't need to smog?
Yes, 75 and under.......they moved it for a while to a rolling 30 years, then put it back I think.......
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Yes, 75 and under.......they moved it for a while to a rolling 30 years, then put it back I think.......
I wish it was 76 and below that way I wouldn't have to worry about smogging it.
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Thanks for explaining. I was wondering if that's where you were going with that

I should have worded it differently. I knew it was an LS series (actually have one lying around), but I was wondering why that over an LS1 or LS2
Compression ratio is lower...cylinder walls are thicker....so in stock form they can take more boost than a LS1 or 2 or 3 or 7......some even prefer the 4.8s. They are very cheap and they run forever......I've seen some older trucks with 300K miles.....just a great old 327.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:39 AM   #16
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I wish it was 76 and below that way I wouldn't have to worry about smogging it.
Smog requirements are minimal on your car, you should check with a smog guy and see if the LS motor is allowable under some rule......I think GM has recently released a CARB certified LS3 package. I don't know what the smog boys would say about a 5.3.........they always say it has to be in the "engine family" that was OE for the year of the car. But I have to think a fuel injected 5.3 produces less emmissions than a carbed 350.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:01 PM   #17
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Smog requirements are minimal on your car, you should check with a smog guy and see if the LS motor is allowable under some rule......I think GM has recently released a CARB certified LS3 package. I don't know what the smog boys would say about a 5.3.........they always say it has to be in the "engine family" that was OE for the year of the car. But I have to think a fuel injected 5.3 produces less emmissions than a carbed 350.
Yes, GM has released a package, but you have to do it EXACTLY as they want. From the length of the air intake tube, to the exhaust manifolds, to the almost exact location of the cats

They made it so there is ZERO gray area on their kit, so wether another combination produces less emmisions or not, it just doesn't matter. In one regard it kind of sucks that they are being overly strict, but at the same time, it's nice to see that the government is finally helping you guys with options, out in California. They have now opened the door for more stuff in the future
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