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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-11-2004, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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How is this for a free engine?

I got a chance to get a free Chevy 350 from a 1973 3/4 ton pickup. It needs to be rebuilt, but I think it is still fairly solid. My friend wants to build a trailer out of it and said if I help take the cab off, I can have the block. Any thing wrong with this year 350?
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

Not a thing. SBC's are about as reliable as they come. If it was a stock four barrel truck, it should also be a four bolt main. I know there are a number of schools of thought on the pro's and con's of the four bolt main, but anyway, it should be a solid engine with about a million and one performance options.
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

Free is always a good price.
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

I turned down a free 400 as a swap motor,becouse it had sat to long,it had sat for 5 years and it ran good when it was pulled out. I thought that it would be cheeper to buy a 350 motor from a salvage yard that I could hear run,well after replaceing everything on the newer motor I think it would have been cheeper to do the 400 , the newer motor cost me $300 and like it said I have had to replace almost every thing on this motor,as it turned out I could have been $300.00 ahead if I would have just used the 400. I would try to get the other motor started and see how bad it runs and if it runs good run it till you have to rebuild it. I had to buy headers to make my 350 fit in my jeep CJ,and a custom radiator,and a differant transmission,$750.00 worth of parts and a lot of labor,but now that it is done I love the power. My wife went on a trail ride with me and a few other guys and she told me my jeep sounded better than the other one,YJ with a 4.0,I guess mine sounded like it had a real motor to her. haha!! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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As mentioned, it should be a 4 bolt main engine. If it is, see how much you can scrounge a 400 crank for, and how much it will cost to have the machine work done to make it fit. You end up with a 383 Stroker, one seriously torquey engine.
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

Well I took a gamble and went with a 305 I didn't see run..

Story goes, the guy bought the engine at huge discount from a friend who owned a yeard. It had 1200 Kms on it, and there was a receipt in the dash for a $1,500 rebuild, and $1000 install.

It had sat 5 years in a heated garage.. being cranked over every month or so.

When I pulled a plug and took a peek it still had the lines on the cylinder wall from the hone.

It's complete top to bottom including all accessories.. (it is literally missing JUST plug wires.. and then its only 2 of them)

$750. I'm taking a gamble with the condition and validity of the sellers statement.. but I know where he lives.. and he's an elementary school teacher (if that means anything)

So ya, I didn't get to hear it run.. but I hope some day this summer I will [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

I'd like to stoke it, but thought it might be to much motor. Does anybody know of a fuel injection kit that I can use with a stoker? I know there are lots I can use with a stock 350, but the dynamics of a 383 are a lot differnt.
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

I just went and looked at the engine. It has a four barrel carb, so hopefully it is a four bolt main. It also has the power steering and alternator brackets. Now I will have to find an A/C bracket for the OBA!
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

Not to hijack your post, but, I scored a FREE (woohoo) 1965 327 engine yesterday from the next door neighbor. Dunno what I'm gonna do with it yet but, I'll figure something out. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: How is this for a free engine?

Don't count on it being a 4 bolt main. Look first if that is important to you. I have a '78 350 in my shop from a GMC truck. It has the factory 4bbl intake and was supposedly a 4 bolt. It's not. GM was about as spastic as AMC with their engine models aroung that time.
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