Originally Posted by markkr14
I have a 78 vette that my Dad owned and is all original. It really needs some horsepower. What are the pros and cons of going with a crate motor vs using the original motor and rebuilding it with some add ons. Will I devalue the car (it is not worth that much to begin with) by taking out the original motor? What are the best mods for the basic 350s from that era? Comments? Thoughts?
Are you a wrencher? I purchased a stroker short block from The Engine Store in MN. I was able to spec the brand and part #s of internals I wanted. I built the rest of the engine, as I wanted (heads, cam, intake) and I am still happy with my build, after 4 years.
Short block price was fair. I checked clearances on the block before I assembled, they were dead nuts on. Put my stock L-48 1976 'vette engine in storage, just in case.
Kent, the owner, was a pleasure to work with. He will not lead you astray, if you want an other than standard build. Do not buy through E-Bay (he has a site) but call them direct with your questions and specs.