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Old 01-17-2004, 06:08 PM
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350 "GM Crate" Engine

I am building a 1926 open wheel '50's style, open motor, tri carb hot rod. Has anybody any experience with these GM 350 motors that cost around $1,300.00(US)? A friend said they are built in Mexico, and won't last, or take any modifications.

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Old 01-17-2004, 06:15 PM
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Your friend speaks the truth and stay away from Recon engines.

I recommend Jasper engines and transmissions.
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Old 01-17-2004, 06:17 PM
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I have one. Yes, they are manufactured in Mexico. Check the new Chevy's at your local dealer. Those engines are also manufactured in Mexico.

The engine has a three year, 50,000 mile warrantee if installed in a GM vehicle.

After I bought mine, I immediately removed the heads and cam. I installed a Comp Cam 280H Magnum and AFR 190cc aluminum heads, Edelbrock RPM Air Gap intake & a Holley 770cfm Street Avenger carb. I have since switched to a Holley 670cfm Street Avenger.

Runs very strong with no problems.
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My buddy just bought one, he likes it. But he`s not making an all out race engine, just bolt ons. He`s going to have a nice street car and even get decent times at the strip.

I`d buy one, for the right purpose.
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There is alot of controversy on this topic how ever I will say this: Many a high performance street engine has been built on the mexican blocks and done very well.Generally speaking these engines have a very long life and are a very good bet considering some of the poor quality rebuilds that come from some of the large manufacturing companies. The one thing I have noticed about the mexican crates is that there seems to be more casting flash than on the domestic made blocks how ever the cast iron seems to be of pretty much equal quality. Although I'm sure some will disagree I would not hesitate to buy a gm crate.
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yeah... but it's made in mexico. I want mine made in the USA, or at least in canada
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Mexican GM Crate Motors

This is my first time using this forum, and I think it is great. Thanks for your replies. I don't really care where the motor is made, just the quality, and reliability. Maybe all the motors in our GM's are made in Mexico. Does anybody know for sure? I have a GM work truck with 150,000 miles on it, and the motor is still performing excellent. I know they had troubles 8 or 10 years ago with the Mexican V-6 motors. My neighbour had two replaced under warranty in his van.
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This should tell you all!

http://www.corvettefaq.com/c3/goodwr...20part%201.htm
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I put one in a friends truck 4 years ago,performer intake & headers,thats it. Hes an older guy who doesn't push a motor much. It did run OK,for awhile,then it started burning oil and fouling plugs. I just switched it out. Im not impressed,guess you get what you pay for.
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I do not know where the GM Goodwrench crate engines are assembled, might be Mexico. I do know that GM's performance crate engines (block made in Mexico) is assembled in the USA by the Mercruiser division of Mercury Marine.

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Mexican GM Crate Motors

Again, thanks for the replies. The article from Macx was exactly the info I was looking for. Still seems to be a lot of uncertainty wether or not these motors are msde in Mexico. Don't understand why the GM parts guys couldn't tell me.Any parts guys out there?
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