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Old 01-23-2006, 10:14 AM
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dont know where to start need help

i have a 305 small block chevy i want to rebuild it
so i can start drag racing again
the problem is i have never built a engine
i dont know what is what so i dont know where to start
somebody please help

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Old 01-23-2006, 10:37 AM
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Rebuilding a small block chevy is a breeze. For starters, If drag racing is what you like, then I`d recommend a 350, unless your consistancy racing.
The 350 is easy to find, the parts are cheaper, and it`s more bang for the buck. There are several books on rebuilding them, as well as many web sites.
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In that position

Well I would look around for some old machinist in your area who is willing to do the machine work and is willing to provide guidance to you as you do the assembly..That way you learn a lot about doing this sort of thing..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Old 01-23-2006, 01:25 PM
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I would suggest buying a manual (chilton or haynes works well enough) and reading through it before you ever even crack the first bolt loose on your motor. These manuals will give you a list of what tools you will need, degree of experience required, specs, cehcks, etc.

after doing your "research" find a GOOD machine shop that is well known, that you can trust, and tell them what you are looking for performance-wise. they will take care of all the really important work and order the parts you will need 9pistons, cam, etc.).

The it's just putting it all together.

My biggest suggestion would be to be patient and expect to spend more than you estimated.

And don't forget the tranny. It will need to be able to take whatever the new motor can throw at it. Don't be like me and rip it out the first time you cut it loose
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hey buddy

good for you. be patient, take your time. educate yourself before doing each step. use the internet, books, and DVD movies to learn about each process. all the assembly and disassembly you can probably do yourself with some "one time use" specialty tools. Autozone and Advance Auto Parts have all the popular tools to rent to assist you. Definitely get a smallblock chevy rebuilding book and read it. There is a guy on ebay who can sell you a DVD on rebuilding chevy's for about $10.00. Here is the link: Search ebay for "DVD CHEVY REBUILD" and you will see it.

Hookup with a good clean machine shop in your area. get to know the owner. ask him for a tour of his shop and what kind of work he does. If you trust him, have him do some of the work you cannot do. if you don't trust him find someone else. A average machine shop price is about $60 to $75 hour in most metropolitan cities. Cheaper in rural areas. Prepare a schedule and a budget that is reasonable and achieveable. Most of us only have a few hours a week to work on our cars. I don't know about you. Make sure you have a clean well equipped garage or shop to do the work. It is very important to have good block, heads, crank, rods, new bearings, oil pump, rings, pistons, etc.
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:28 PM
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where to start?.......well that can mean so many things..

see when i started i found my car 1st then i baught my block off a buddy of mine then i sent it to the machine shop. and since there backed up and i knew i would be up there for a while i went ahead and baught the bottom end and took it up there too so they could balance it

drag racing will be hard on your motor, hope your getting forged guts for it

now are talking once in a while at the drags or is this an all out dragster? if this is an all out dragster take lots of notes on how things work and how it goes together cause they require frequent teardowns.

but like stated before a sbc is a piece of cake after a few times of putting them together

good luck, J
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