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Old 07-23-2003, 11:55 PM
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need advice bad! 400 small block

Hi my name is aaron, im 20, and i own a 400 small block and am paying a guy $1900 to rebuild and install... all of our tools were stolen by theives and they almost stole my 74 monte too... so im pretty much forced into paying a guy to rebuild it for me. anyways, im new to engine building and want to make shure hes getting the right parts and im not getting ripped off or something... hes taking the engine apart know and looking to see if it needs machined, car has 95,000 original miles and was owned by two seperate old people before me, i got it at about 78,000 miles over a year ago... i know ive put allot of miles on it, but i was forced to. anywayz, is there certain things i should ask the guy whos building it? or are there any secrets to getting power? he already bought speedpro hypereuctectic pistons. i already have 1:5 roller rockers, edelbrock performer carb and intake w/K&N filter, headers (getting old), flowmasters, etc on the engine now. so i wont really need to replace them. Sorry about all these questions, this is all the money i haved saved up and i just lost my job, i know this sounds crazy, but this is what ive been dreaming of doing since the first day i saw the monte about 2 years ago. i never even thought i could afford to buy it... but now im going to turn it into a hotrod. any advice would be appreciated. thanks

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Old 07-24-2003, 01:24 AM
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for 1900 bucks he better be doing some machine work on a 95,000 mile motor.
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Yea, with 95K you'll prolly need to have it honed,crank machined(polished or ground undersized)Valve job,guides knurled or replaced etc... If he tells you it needs no machining hes prolly full of it.
But anway $1900 for rebuild installed don't sound to bad really.
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