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Post Edelbrock or GM crate motor??

I have noticed looking in Jegs catalog.

Gm 350 crate motor 330 hp for $3349.99

Edelbrock 350 crate mtr 310 hp for $4587.99

Is it really worth spending another $1238.00 to get the edelbrock??

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Old 01-04-2003, 08:05 PM
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I'd go with the dealer's GM crate because of the warantee. Anything internal that goes bad, you bring it back to any GM dealer and they repair it free..parts and labor. This includes oil leaks.
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NO. :o
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Edelbrock uses GM shortblocks for their crate motors. To answer your question I would buy the GM engine, those Vortec heads are awesom.

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I personally wouldn't pay that much for eather I'd build it myself or put a cam in the stock replacement GM motor for $1200.But the 330Hp/GM is definatly the better of the two.You get fancy heads w/ the edelbrock but no cam to make any Hp,so the fancy heads are wasted.Dem be my thoughts.
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I would also build my own! you did not say if you where using fuel injection or carb? either motor may not be good for you if using fuel injection as the cam`s are differant than carb cam`s(meaning computer problems).
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See crate motors are great and not to insult this guy but Where is the fun in buying an engine for a hotrod?? I mean to me anything I do on my car I try to do myself or find a way to do myself... I just don't like to see store bought hotrods (really expensive to make and not true hotrodding since the shop does it all)

I would recommend that you do the engine yourself... or if you don't think you can handle doing that go to a shop, discuss what you want and have them do the shortblock and you can put the heads and manifold on easily yourself...

Hey everyone here will help you out if you try to take it on yourself
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Go with the GM crate motor. Heres their site, you can look at all the different ones that they have.
Its foolish to try to build one like these when you can buy one with warrenty,and not spend days asking questions on what part you should get.
www.spoperformanceparts.com
Heres the info on the motor you are talking about.
This is a complete motor also.

Crate Engines | 12496968
Price Qty.
12496968 - 330/350 HO Deluxe $3,246.50
Technical Information Service Parts List
The 350 HO Deluxe takes the value leading 350 HO a step further by adding carburetor, distributor, water pump, torsional damper, and auto trans flexplate. This enhancement to the Vortec cylinder head 330 horsepower 350 HO makes it easier than ever to repower your street rod, street machine or sportsman racer. The 600 cfm vacuum secondary Holley carburetor is ideally suited to the 350 HO. And the proven GM HEI distributor will give years of worry-free driving. With a 9.1 to 1 compression ratio, its pump gas friendly, and with its muscle car idle its cruise night cool. With GMPPs lowest priced small-block crate engine there is no reason to rebuild that junk yard clunker and since its complete from carb to pan there is no need to chase parts. Talk to your GM Performance Parts Authorized Dealer about any additional required parts to complete your re-power project. This engine is perfect for your 1975 or older vehicle or any off-road usage.
350 HO Technical Information
Horsepower 330 @ 5000 RPM
Torque 380 Ft. Lbs. @ 3800
Max. Recommended RPM 5500
Compression Ratio 9.1:1
Block 10105123 Cast iron four bolt with one piece rear main seal
Crankshaft 14088527 Nodular cast iron
Connecting Rods 10108688 PM steel
Pistons 12361371 Cast aluminum
Piston Rings 14089025
Camshaft 24502476
Lift: .435"I, .460" E.
Duration @ .050: 212 I, 222 E.
Timing Chain 14087014
Cylinder Heads 12558060 Cast iron 64cc Vortec combustion chambers
Intake Valves 10241743 1.94"
Exhaust Valves 12550901 1.50"
Valve Springs 10212811
Rocker Arms 10089648 1.5 ratio
Valve Lash Zero
Spark Plugs R44TS Gap @ .045 (300 HP 350)
41-932 Gap @ .060 (330 Hp 350)
R44LTS Gap @ .045 (330 Hp 350)
Rapid Fire #8 @ .035
Ignition Timing 10 BTDC @ 700 RPM

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Thanks for the response guys. I could not see paying the difference myself, and I was just wondering if I was missing something. The reason I was considering a crate engine is that I have been re-building engines all my life, its a lot of work to do it right, working on it evenings and week ends it would be a month long project, and I am little burned out with the whole procedure. I could take out the old motor, replace it with a brand new one in about a days time and be done with. Yes it would cost a little more but it would be a lot less hassle. I wasn't aware of that fabulous warranty so that makes it even better. Thanks again for the info.
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I have built many engines in my life, with good sucess I might add. But the new crate engines are great, cheap $$$ for all the new stuff you get and a warranty. I do have a crate engine. Photos below.







It's the last 430 made by GM

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Yeah I could see rebuilding engines getting boring... Thing is i know if it were me I would rather do it myself for me... different view different people that is why the worlds not boring
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