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Old 01-24-2014, 11:37 AM
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Or I can get better condition one for like $800 and hope for best,but assuming i might need lifters(havnt checked prices yet) for cheaper motor I think will check out cheaper one?

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Well to be honest I really have no big deal against retro but cheapest kits I found are $900-1000 bucks.So would you if you still had to do heads,and maybe other block machining? Well I found vortec motor that runs with 200K on and only thing is wrong is the lifters or so he says started rattling all of a sodden. He said he changed oil twice and as soon as it runs for a couple days it comes back,all on one side only,one head.$300 is what he wants for it.
The engine only has one head on it? How does it run then?

if the engine is complete that's not a bad price. Could be something going on with the distributor not allowing oil to the one side of the engine. Even if you had to buy new lifters you will be ahead doing this rather than going retrofit.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/na...make/chevrolet

you might even be able to go to a salvage yard and get just the lifters. But if they have to dear the engine down to get to them they might charge a little more than if they are just laying on the shelf.

and if you need the whole shabam http://www.summitracing.com/parts/na...make/chevrolet
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go to your local machine shop. One here has been sitting on a vortec shortblock and he'd probably let it go for $500 at this point. It has a factory cam etc. Someone had him rebuild it and he got stiffed. Buy a brand new set of vortecs and be done
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go to your local machine shop. One here has been sitting on a vortec shortblock and he'd probably let it go for $500 at this point. It has a factory cam etc. Someone had him rebuild it and he got stiffed. Buy a brand new set of vortecs and be done
Excellent suggestion. Many times fellows will take parts to the machine shop to have work done and then either move or change girlfriends or sell the car they were working on or die or whatever....and the parts are left under the bench at the machine shop. The owner of the shop wants his money back that he has invested in the parts, so many times you can make a good deal with him. I would get the phone numbers for all the shops within a hundred mile radius of home and start calling.
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go to your local machine shop. One here has been sitting on a vortec shortblock and he'd probably let it go for $500 at this point. It has a factory cam etc. Someone had him rebuild it and he got stiffed. Buy a brand new set of vortecs and be done
I already did all the checking in area,no but 2 heads that need work and zero stuff vortec at any of the shops.Or I would do just like you said,but i wish it were that ez
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chevy 350 engine for sale also 350 parts vortec heads! carbs!

Here's a standard bore 400 block that I'd snap up in a hurry....
Chevy Parts, TH350, Holley 4010 650cfm,400 SB

Here's another one, doesn't say standard bore, but if it is and you could knock the price down to $250, I'd go get it....there can't be that many standard bore 400 blocks left out there.......
chevelle, camaro and small block

These guys in Hitterdal, MN do a lot of parting out. Call 'em up and get on their list for L31 stuff. I found this service truck of particular interest. I know you're not in the market for a 6.0/5-spd., but here is the whole enchilada with all wiring, computer and all the accessories intact.....the stuff that would drive you nuts on an engine swap. It's all there for $2800 and I'm thinkin' that a fellow could recoup a bundle of that money by parting out the rest of the truck. A 360 hp V8 with a 5-speed would be a real nice transplant into an older pickup.
2001 GMC SIERRA C2500HD 5SPD 2WD 6.0 GAS ENGINE REG CAB LONG BOX

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The parting-out guy in Hitterdal, MN (Jacob) just called me back and said he has a '97 Suburban with a 5700 Vortec in it. Good motor for $650 complete. Says he also has some roller blocks, but does not know the condition of them.
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A retro fit roller is not a G note,check Howards cams at Summit.
An engine that ate a cam is not worth getting unless you plan to go through the engine(cannot be fixed cheap)
Do it right the first time,its cheaper than the second time
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A retro fit roller is not a G note,check Howards cams at Summit.
An engine that ate a cam is not worth getting unless you plan to go through the engine(cannot be fixed cheap)
Do it right the first time,its cheaper than the second time
if the op is looking at "complete" kits from comp which would be the K kits they can get pretty close to a grand but they include springs, timing chain, pushrods, camshaft, etc.
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I see the Howards cams and kits around $600.00 thats not much more than a crappy flat tappet hydraulic
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CHEVY PARTS

chevy 350 engine for sale also 350 parts vortec heads! carbs!

Here's a standard bore 400 block that I'd snap up in a hurry....
Chevy Parts, TH350, Holley 4010 650cfm,400 SB

Here's another one, doesn't say standard bore, but if it is and you could knock the price down to $250, I'd go get it....there can't be that many standard bore 400 blocks left out there.......
chevelle, camaro and small block

These guys in Hitterdal, MN do a lot of parting out. Call 'em up and get on their list for L31 stuff. I found this service truck of particular interest. I know you're not in the market for a 6.0/5-spd., but here is the whole enchilada with all wiring, computer and all the accessories intact.....the stuff that would drive you nuts on an engine swap. It's all there for $2800 and I'm thinkin' that a fellow could recoup a bundle of that money by parting out the rest of the truck. A 360 hp V8 with a 5-speed would be a real nice transplant into an older pickup.
2001 GMC SIERRA C2500HD 5SPD 2WD 6.0 GAS ENGINE REG CAB LONG BOX
Thanks tech for the info, I did call salvage yard in alexandria where my co-worker lives so he could pick up for me and bring it to me.They had 3 different vortecs complete with just over 100K-150K on them from $800-$600. But I did find that one locally for $300,just wondering what might be wrong with it?
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A retro fit roller is not a G note,check Howards cams at Summit.
An engine that ate a cam is not worth getting unless you plan to go through the engine(cannot be fixed cheap)
Do it right the first time,its cheaper than the second time
Why do you think It ate a cam? Even if it did, why would not be cheap to fix.Tear down clean, replace bearings and cam?
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I see the Howards cams and kits around $600.00 thats not much more than a crappy flat tappet hydraulic
that is just for the camshaft and lifters. Does not include valve springs and etc. like the comp cams k kits do.

It is also like 400.00 more than a crappy hydraulic flat tappet cam and lifter kits.
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I got quoted $600 to do head job.
Damn, around my parts its around 20.00 bucks , Sorry couldn't resist.
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Damn, around my parts its around 20.00 bucks , Sorry couldn't resist.
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