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Old 12-12-2002, 05:49 PM
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I am thinking about buying a ZZ4 engine from GM dealer. I am wanting a good every day driver with a no hassle motor. Since this has a 10:1 ratio it makes me wonder if it is a racer???????

Has anybody got any FIRST hand experenced with this motor. I would most likely put a holley or Carter carb on with headers and use a 350 auto tranny or maybe 700R......

This would be going in a 1949 Chevy truck that is chopped down 7 inches with air bags and a 9 inch rear end and a 4 bar link.....


1) Is it calm enough to drive to grandma's
2) What kind of MPG would i expect
3) What is the idle like--smoooth or alittle lump

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[quote]Originally posted by bg:
<strong>I am thinking about buying a ZZ4 engine from GM dealer. I am wanting a good every day driver with a no hassle motor. Since this has a 10:1 ratio it makes me wonder if it is a racer???????

Has anybody got any FIRST hand experenced with this motor. I would most likely put a holley or Carter carb on with headers and use a 350 auto tranny or maybe 700R......

This would be going in a 1949 Chevy truck that is chopped down 7 inches with air bags and a 9 inch rear end and a 4 bar link.....


1) Is it calm enough to drive to grandma's
2) What kind of MPG would i expect
3) What is the idle like--smoooth or alittle lump

ThANKS
Bg :p :p :p :p :p </strong><hr></blockquote>

I widh we would hear some response I want one for my 50 f1 Ford pu so lets hear some commments. My buddy just put one in his 36 ford pu and his 50 merc and thinks they are great. Ed
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They are a very good piece. I do business with two circle track driving schools here in the northeast. About half of their cars are equiped with ZZ4's. They make good torque, idle nicely and seem to take the abuse well. These engines have literally thousands of very hard laps on them with very few failures. For the money and for what you want to do with them I would recommend one.
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take a visit to badasscars.com they have engines that are pro built and cheaper than the zz4
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Kind of humorous to read. The guy kind of sounds like a used car saleman. My advice there is to "read between the lines". He basically makes it out that all crate engines are overpriced junk and his pieces are far better. Who knows. I'm sure the guy does ok and at least by his webpage he claims to have some sort of warranty. Is cheaper really better? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
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my question is why spend all this money on your car and put a crate engine in. why not just build the engine like you built the rest of the car perfect just my few pennies
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If GM sells it, it is bound to be durable. It is based on the aluminum fast burn head which is the best head available and their hot cam package. If you want to avoid engine building, this is an alternative. If you want the experience of building a motor, you can get an equivalent motor for less money.
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I agree 85, but not everyone has the skills or time to build it themselves. For those that need to go the crate engine route than a ZZ4 is a good option. For me personally I can't compete with GM and still turn a profit. So I tend to build more oddball combos for racing only. Sure the average guy can build a reasonably good motor for $3000 but try and run a business on it and you would find it hard to keep the lights on for long unless your volume was super high. My volume is not high enough to justify making only a 20% profit margin and the only way to make a higher margin would be to cheapen the product. Which is something I won't do.

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The ZZ4 is a greaat daily driver with enough guts to play. if you really want to liven it up get a set of fast burn heads for it. <img src="graemlins/evil.gif" border="0" alt="[evil]" />
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