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Old 04-29-2010, 05:39 PM
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another big block option

Would you guys agree if i were to buy donor car or truck w/ a 454 for cheap. Pull it out, slap on heads, cam, intake and distrubetor and heads in my garage. My car 69 chevelle th400, moser 12 bolt w/true-trac and 33 spline axles.

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Old 04-30-2010, 12:07 PM
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Hi,
I'm confused, what are you asking about? what do you want to know?
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I just would like to know if its a wise move to pull a big block from a another car or truck and to install it in my chevelle. It sounds cost effective.
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Check out the engine well- compression test, etc. and if it looks good, I recommend doing it. As long as your not building a racer, it's way cheaper short term to swap a good runner in than to build a new one. I just did it with a 1 ton truck 454 for my chevelle. 500 for the truck, a couple hundred into headers, oil pan, mounts, etc, with plenty of parts to resell and try to recoup some funds. Hopefully I'll only be into the engine $300-500 total after that. Good luck
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Yup, that's what I did.

Around here, a 454 sitting on the ground in a wrecking yard costs $1000.00.
"It was running when we pulled it out a couple of years ago." Yikes.

I bought a 1979 C20 "3+3" Camper Special that I could not only hear running, but drive home ... for $500. It was on propane, and was not in the best state of tune. The shifts were a litlle late and hard, but no slippage at all.

After I got it home, I did a compression test (135 - 145) and a basic tuneup. The rubber vacuum hose to the trans was old and broken, so I replaced that, too.

I jumped back in it and took it for a drive around the block. Not bad! The old girl would even break those big 16" tires loose without too much trouble!

I thought about just cleaning it up and using it just the way it was ... but quickly changed my mind. I wanted a "performance" engine, not just a stump-puller. The rest, as thet say, is history.

PS. I had the TH400 trans redone as well. The fellow that did it said that it still looked pretty good for 100,000+ miles, if it was original.

So yeah ... $500.00 for "known good" and complete, running, "cores" was a bargain, IMHO.
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If it were me,that motor would be coming apart for at least an overhaul.The heads would probably need a complete going over as well,new guides,seals,springs etc....
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