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Old 12-29-2007, 06:21 AM
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Help with Old Engine

Howdy....I am brand new to this site....what a great find for me

My question is: I have a 1963-64 Chevy 870 Short block that is still in the Crate. I'm thinking about installing but would like opinions/recommendations about

1) How to best try to turn over (Not sure if rings or bearings might be stuck from sitting 44 years.

2) Would you just install if it turns freely OR take apart and if so what would be best to do? (i.e. hone cylinders, new bearins, polish/shot peen crank etc....etc....)

Any and all advice will truly be appreciated.

Thanks in Advance,
David

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Old 12-29-2007, 08:19 AM
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44 year old engine

Hi,how was the engine stored?if it was properly stored,,in a plastic bag,with desicant,cylinders oiled,it should be ok. this info is for sbc,, but,i would pull the plugs,fill cylinders with marvel mystery oil,let it set for a week or so,pull pan,inspect(or clean off rust inside pan) if rusty,time to pull it apart and inspect.if not rusty,drain marvel mystery oil,,try to turn it over(using flywheel) not balancer bolt.if it turns over,i would put a set of vortec heads on it,manifolds and carb, install oil pressure guage,using drill in dist hole,turn oil pump for 1 or 2 minutes,to make sure everything is well oiled,, and start it on the floor,if it runs ok,(maybe 20 to 30 seconds,no water remember? decent oil pressure,install it in the vehicle,and have fun..
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:00 AM
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JMHO , but I would tear it down , just to assure myself that everything - bottom to top - was fine. If it's already sitting out of the car ,40% of the battle is already won.
again , that's just me.
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Think you mis-understood.....

It is a Shortblock - Never been in a car, never had any heads, intake, oil pan etc....stuck on the block.

The block just has Crank, cam, pistons, timing chain and cover.....it is an 870 '2' bolt main block.

This short block is in the very same crate that it came in 44 years ago, when someone bought it at a GM dealership. It looks pristine on the surface....

My question: Even though it looks good, I was looking for recommendations as to what to do (let's consider a tear down). Should I have it Blue Printed, beef up the bottom end, OR simply clean up, and possibly replace bearings and rings after a light honing?

It is the 327 x 365hp block so 11:1 CR, cam is the 30-30 Duntov (solids).

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Would the ring tension be effected from sitting static so long???
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i whould just clean it up real good put some fuelie heads on it mabee 3 duces prelube it real good and have a neet nostalga motor.
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sounds like a winner i would just re ring it bearings and run that ***** might wanna upgrade the cam for starts too other than that just make sure you get a good top end to match the bottom end and if automatic get a good stall
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365 H.p. 327

I think you should send me the crated up short block, and I'll send you back a just rebuilt 355/R.V. Cam/Swirl Port Heads/Weiand Intake combo. I'll even pay the shipping both ways! Otherwise, clean er' up, put some decent heads and intake on it, and run it like it was meant to be used.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:54 AM
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Do you think that engine could be worth anything to a car collector? I mean being an original crate 365hp 327 that's still in its original crate has got to be worth something, even if it's just a shortblock. You know, sort of like an old Matchbox car that's still in its original packaging?

Otherwise I'd find an old Chevy II (or even a Corvette if you can get your hands on one) for it.
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If nothing else I would pull the cam and give it a big dose of break in lube.Then put her together prime it and go.
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