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Old 03-29-2004, 09:41 PM
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Bare block 455 (build up)

roughly what is involved in the build up of a bare block OLDS 455.

I found one on Ebay for cheap and It is close enough for me to pick up. But what all would I be looking at buying and would someone be willing to give me a rough estimate on total cost.

I would like a stock motor nothing fancy.

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Old 03-29-2004, 09:59 PM
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figure $300-$500 for machine work. look on ebay for an engine kit. gaskets, bearings, pistons, cam, your gonna need an oil pump, h20 pump, fuel pump, a carb. does this motor come with the intake? how about exhaust? you say bare block? you mean just the block, no rotating assembly? then add a crank and rods and heads to the list, and maybe a little more $$$ for machining...

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Old 03-29-2004, 10:08 PM
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If all you are starting with is a bare block and have to rely on reman and aftermkt parts you are looking at $3500. minimum for an almost stock motor. Olds rebuild kits aren't cheap. Reground stock cranks are a couple of hundred if you don't have a core. Stock recon rods another two hundred or more. Heads stock recon $650.00 (no core), Timing cover, water pump. intake all add up. IT IS BEST TO START WITH AS COMPLETE MOTOR AS POSSIBLE. The little things will kill the project.
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So basically I should just find a cheap complete block. I figured It was more complicated than I thought It would be.

Thanks for the reply though.

Would getting one from a Junkyard be a reliable place to find a 455 or compariable Olds motor.

Eric
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Actually the cheapest place to find a motor is to find an old car with the engine trans etc. that you want. For a 455 Olds you are going to have to find an old seventies full size Olds boatmobile. One that has been run hard and put away wet a few times, body damage etc. Usually less than $300.00 if it moves and you get a huge selection of extra goodies that help in building your intended ride. The going price for a rebuildable Olds 455 is probably higher than that at the junk yard.
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Bob's right. i bought a good running '76 olds 98 with the 455 for $300 several years ago, everything but the vacuum cruise control worked. electric everything, whatta dream boat it was. only problem was it had been rear ended...... my gain.....
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Hey, I picked up a crank off of eBay for $20.00, and I'm sure they have lots of stock cams on eBay you could get for $50.00 or less.
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