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Old 09-13-2007, 06:37 PM
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buying 350?

I have a chance to buy a 1975 350 that may have been rebuilt. No knowledge of miles on it. supposedly ran good when pulled supposedly a year ago. Was not fogged , was wrapped tight and has not been turned.
#'s indicate a 75 -350 -165 HP -out of a C20 to 3500.

I want to use it in my 31 chev without doing much to it.
My ? is if it turns should I go ahead and buy it?
Supposedly had a tunnel ram and 2/4'S
Really ,there is no way of knowing what the idle would be.But the rumor that 2/4's seems like maybe not for the street.
I have seen pix of the moter and it was sealed well and wrapped well and is sitting on a stand.
What are your thoughts on this?

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Old 09-13-2007, 07:02 PM
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Hi c.c. Bob,
If it had a tunnel ram & 2-4s I would think
it would have a cam to match, so I would open
it up, In fact, I wouldn't buy an engine without
opening it up.
Take care,
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:26 PM
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Me thinks you're answering your own questions...."may have been rebuilt", "supposedly ran good when pulled supposedly a year ago", "supposedly had a tunnel ram and 2/4's".
Now my thoughts are you either have to verify these claims as to its running condition by at least pulling the heads or just consider it still a 165 hp truck engine. Knew a guy that bought a "supposed" Joe Mondello 355" sbc only to find out later that it was nothing more than a totally stock Targetmaster with some bling fastened to it. At least try to get a compression check on it, how much is the asking price?
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asking $500 but not firm. wants to clean out garage.
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Honestly....without verifying its condition its just a core engine.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:19 PM
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if it turns I would buy it, try to get it down to 3 or 400 but the parts would be worth that if it is a 350......MAKE SURE!!!!!

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Old 09-13-2007, 09:27 PM
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I'll sleep on it and maybe throw out an offer tomorrow .
Thanks for all the input
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:39 PM
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Pig in a poke without seeing the internals.
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want to buy 75' 350

The "may have" is a real concern.The 2x4"s to me, means it was'nt "fogged" but probably flogged.With out a list of internals i would not buy it ,and want to see pics of mains and bore,w/bore dial gauge pics.My last purchase was a 20kmi. dead old lady's 4dr.71' nova enginew/all maintenance records.real cheap an i got what i was paying for.Iwould lean towards the unmolested SBC before buying a "may have, supposedly engine".
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:49 PM
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SSBUSCEMI that is exactly what I would like to get. I'll keep looking.
Thanks everyone.
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