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Old 08-23-2004, 09:25 PM
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Do or die time! limited funds, big decisions!

Hello Hotrodders, friends, amigos.
Seriously though. I have come into some limited funds. With my block done, crank ready and rods ready, I had planned my sbc rebuild. I have it figured at about 2-2300 bucks. Thats with pretty good heads, nice electric water pump and pretty much a complete air cleaner to oil pan to pully motor.
Problem is, Im about 6 hundred short right off the bat. I can save up and get it before summer, but that means no paint or xtras for the car.
Next one. I have a guy that has a 472 Caddy with a t400 tranny all bolted together and pulled from a car. He said its a great running engine and great shifting tranny. I have pics, but the way he sent em I cant figure out how to load em on here(maybe I can send em to someone who can?). Anyway, It looks like a nice motor. It has the front sump pan which will need changed and he has the rear sump that goes with it. He only wants 500 for the whole thing. Its a 10 hr drive is the bad part.
Should I stay home and build the sbc thats fresh and skip the paint and xtras, or should I buy the different 472 and take a chance on it being a good runner?
I may go either route, but I thought Id post to see what my Rodding family thought?
Thanks and pull no punches. Dont get mad whatever I choose? HG
P.S. Who can post the pics on here for me??


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Old 08-23-2004, 09:53 PM
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Well, I'm one of those SBC diehards but in this case I'd say get the Caddy engine if you're positive it's in good shape along with the trans.

Buuuuuuuut,

If you've got $500 samolians to play with and the small block only needs $600 to be finished, why not wait for an extra c-note and have a new engine?

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Old 08-23-2004, 09:58 PM
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I have about 1500 or so, but building the way I want will cost another 600+ dollars. HG
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Old 08-23-2004, 10:00 PM
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Ohhh, I get it. I misunderstood. All this pollytickin' going on in here is making my brain hurt.

Go for the Caddy.

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Old 08-23-2004, 10:17 PM
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if this is more of a temporary setup untill the sbc is ready go with the cheapest option and throw anything extra under the mattress for the sbc.
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Old 08-23-2004, 11:54 PM
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HG. Give me a PM, I can save you some money on the water pump. I have a moroso that I took off the 23.

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I dunno the caddy is differant.Hey I thought you scored a 500ci caddy a year ago??
Either way though,do whatever will be what you want in the long run.Don't settle for something just so you can drive it now.
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You know what I'm gonna say...

...forget the SBC, EVERYBODY has one of those...

If it's an untouched 80K miles...

complete engine gasket set...
$12 of brass 1.750" freeze plugs (TRUST ME...)...
steel timing gear set...
cap/rotor/wire set/fresh rj12yc plugs...
Carb kit for the stock Q-jet...
1 pkg JB-Weld epoxy (to repair pitted front cover and to seal notorious fuel well plugs on the Q-jet)...
Couple cans engine paint, your color choice (I like Plasti-Cote Ceramic Bright Yellow, good paint!)...

Doc
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Old 08-24-2004, 02:28 PM
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If people ask you waht's under the hood, would you rather say "oh a mild small block" or "a caddy V8"?
Everyone has an SBC.........old news.


Mike
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