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Old 12-18-2008, 08:22 PM
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pulled in a junk yard today on a hunch made up a line of crap to get them to let me walk around in there and check things out. found 2 454s both newer block early nineties late eighties. obvious they are one piece rear main. one had the hood open and was covered in snow im not even gonna chance it (might go back and tool around under the hood). the other was latched all the way closed. i popped the hood intake, water pump and valve covers were gone (laying in the seat) heads actually looked clean inside. i pulled a couple lifters out and they didnt show any wear. used a light and had a look down at the cam lobes and my mechanic friend said it didnt look to be worn. there was like 50,000 miles on the odometer. the junkyard wants 450 bucks for the complete motor and said it ran when it came in. i stuck my finger in the hole where the water pump goes and it had antifreeze in it still. theres always a risk in buying a boneyard motor i know, but would this be a risk to take?

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Old 12-18-2008, 08:34 PM
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It seems kind of pricey for a bone yard motor... Unless you knew them well enough to take their word that it is a 50k running motor.
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was running. someone took the intake off probably not knowing why they were doing it
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450 isnt bad but i would like to hear it run first. depends if you are gonna do a total rebuild or just put it in and go.most places will give u a 30 day warrenty.i'd dicker with them till they came down a bit, then go buy the gaskets u need and get it running(let it run for like 20 or 30 minutes). if it runs great then buy it, or if its junk, dump water in the carb. so youre out 20+ bucks on gaskets, if not then you have yourself a BB engine
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i think ill pass on it. i got 3 other builds going on right now very slowly, i can spend that 450 bucks on something cool. thanks for the advice i never drug one home from a junk yard
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i think most of the time if you buy from them, they will be honest with what they sell, heck they will want your business again if they sell u a piece of crap they will lose money once you spread the word
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i think most of the time if you buy from them, they will be honest with what they sell, heck they will want your business again if they sell u a piece of crap they will lose money once you spread the word

Thats how people should do business.. So many don't though.
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