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Old 10-16-2006, 01:56 AM
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350 chevy build up

Is it just me or is it just cheaper to buy a crate motor. I mean I was looking at a top end kit for my son's 89 Chevy truck that has a crate motor with the 290 HP. The top end kit were looking at 2,700 bucks. What up with the cost of head and why is it cheaper to buy a complete crate motor for 2700,00 bucks?

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Probably a case of quantity...They build many at a time, thus rhe parts and labour costs are going to be much lower....and some of it is passed on to the customer.
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Old 10-16-2006, 02:18 PM
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Yes so true, It just make it so hard to spend money on a top end kit when you could get a brand new motor.


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Is it just me or is it just cheaper to buy a crate motor. I mean I was looking at a top end kit for my son's 89 Chevy truck that has a crate motor with the 290 HP. The top end kit were looking at 2,700 bucks. What up with the cost of head and why is it cheaper to buy a complete crate motor for 2700,00 bucks?

Craig
Well it sounds like you are going for a fire breathing upgrade. You know you can just have your heads done up at a local shop and spend around 5 bills for that one. Gasket kit is only ~35.00 max, and I guess you were going to upgrade the pistons, rods, and so forth, which is around $500 out of the catalogs with everything for the 350ci.

Or is it a new intake and carb set up?

When you mention the price and discription of your intentions, they do not add up for a general top end, only if you are going with alluminum heads and upgraded vaulves, behive springs, roller cam and roller rockers, stud girdles and ARP bolts...etc... Face the truth about just doing a refresh or going for fire. Crate engine kits are around $7K, not $2400.
Yes, the price of speed and HP are what you pay for.
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Old 10-16-2006, 06:15 PM
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It Started with my son's truck needs a valve job maybe just new seals. I saw on horsepower T.V. Trucks and they were doing a top end Kit for a Jeep they are building 350.00 small block The latest rage. Basic cleaning new bearing rings and a quick honing.
a new cam, cast iron vortec heads vortec manifold. I look up the kit which was offered at summit for 2700.00 plus bucks.

Now I was looking for a little cheaper. I need heads, cam, tbi manifold and performance tbi and performance chip The truck has tbi so we decided it was the best way to go. When I look at cost this is what I came up with

Just doing the old port and polish job on the stock heads with bigger valves. was like 600.00 Cam 150.00 new tbi and manifold was 500.00 .
SO where looking at 1250.00 then add a chip a 100.00 bucks off E Bay. 1300.00 bucks

A bare bones GM crate motor is 1800.00 plus bucks putting out 290 HP but you need manifold and a carb so that puts you over 2 grand plus.
We have a couple of performance engine shops here in Phoenix and I can get a bare bone crate motor for a round 1500.00 .

I don't see how you can pass up a crate motor verse a top end kit. The day of the old build it for cheap your self has gone out the window.

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I personally would just get this:

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I would probably get the whole kit because I'm really lazy and slap some long tube headers on and drive it to the muffler shop
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Yeah,
I can get a crate motor for 1400.00 out here in Phoenix 325Hp there version of GM crate motor. The truck all ready has this motor, the heads need to be rebuild. So I thought why not do a top end kit to improve performance. Boy was I wrong.
I find it real hard to spend the money on a top end kit when I could just get a new motor.

Its like a catch 22 new motor or new heads. So the bigger question is why are head so costly?

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If you just need heads, get a pair of THESE ...............$600..
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If you just need heads, get a pair of THESE ...............$600..
Cool, forced to comply
I saw them two thanks, I guess it Just me and the cost of performance parts.
I mean if you think about it the way I am, it a new motor verses a top end kit
Its just that simple! Is it just me seeing this. maybe in my old age I value a buck more than I did when I was younger and shop around and comparing prices. This must be something that just does not make sense to me. Its like your all most force to buy the crate motor based on cost.
And that is kinda up setting. My only other option I see is doing a port and polish myself Saving 600.00 buying a cam and new manifold.
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