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Old 06-20-2008, 07:02 AM
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Crate motors are not worth the crate they come in IMHO. I have seen the insides of these and every one so far has been out of spec and out of balance. Don't waste your money if you want to drive for more than a year or two. You get out of your engine exactly what you put into it and the easy way out always leads back in as someone on this bulletin board so wisely quoted. If you always want to be at the mercy of buying without knowing; stick your head in the sand and buy a crate motor, if you want to learn something.... pay your tuition by: finding a good machinist, getting some good advice, and assemble it yourself. It will be slow, painfully tedious, frustrating, and the most rewarding experiance you will ever have when it fires up. Do you want to puff your chest out and say "I built this motor" or "I bought this motor"?

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Old 06-20-2008, 07:36 AM
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That may be true, for the ones that you have seen, however it is a matter of doing the research and finding the right builder. The odds are that with 2500 bucks and little to no experience the engine is more likely to not get finished or blow up in the first 100 miles. I have seen a few that were done right and the price was right because they sold so many.

I am not trying to dissuade anyone from building their first motor, but 500-600 horsepower on a 2500 dollar budget is pretty ridiculous. And if all you have is 2500 then obviously you can't afford to do it twice.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:16 PM
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Sneffers your pretty close with the crate motor idea. People think allright GM crate motor W/warranty for xx # of dollars. GM doesn't build any of their crate motors, turn key or short block. They're all out sourced from rebuild shops. Take your time and buid it yourself, ask as many questions as you have.
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