Join Date: May 2004
Location: Midland, MI
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Re: rebuild, rebuilt, or crate?
Friend of mine is rebuilding a 302 and it's only costing him about $1000. That's for everything, machining, pistons, rings, etc. a new crate depending on what you get short block, long block, will be any where from $1200 to $1500 plus shipping and tax, even then there's other parts you may still need, and still have to swap over.
350 or 454? Obviously the choice is yours. Yes the 350 has more parts availability, better gas mileage etc. But do you tow heavy trailers? If it were mine and I towed heavy trailers often, I'd go with the 454. It can handle the stress put on it by heavy loads easier than with a 350. Doesn't get as hot over long trips with a big trailer behind it. A 454 will get good gas mileage as long as you don't lay into it at every green light and stop sign. Remember, easy go's and stop's. But hey it's your choice, choose what engine for what you'll be doing more of.