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I will be tearing down and rebuilding a 327. This is a 1966 engine with a ZI suffix code. The engine came out of a 4-speed, Chevy II. The car has long been gone. The engine is now minus a correct oil pan, intake and exhaust manifolds, as well as, carb.

1) Rebuild to factory specs? I need to pursue the missing items noted above.

2) Rebuild using aftermarket internal items, such as cam, pistons, rods, crank?

Would there be a greater demand/price for this engine as a "stock" duplication or "upgraded" but looking stock externally.

Since I don't intend to keep the engine for more than a few years and maybe sell it once assembled, if I don't find a good 66 Chevy II, I still don't want to bastardize the engine if its not what the "market" is looking for.

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Old 04-02-2006, 01:25 AM
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Given how easy it is to find chevy engines, I think either one will sell very well. However, since internals are never seen by anyone, they don't affect the "originality" of an assembly except to the most discerning purists. Its very common for a flawless award winning concours restoration to take advantage of modern internals for reliability and cost reasons. Its often times cheaper, more reliable, and more streetable to buy a modern version of a cam, oil pump, valve or crankshaft instead of a factory reproduction.

Going to great lengths to keep it stock with factory guts is only important to a die-hard restorer who is putting a numbers-matching engine back into its original car. Since you're selling the engine, skip that. I suggest selling it as a longblock assembly built with good brand name modern parts. People get a warm fuzzy feeling when they read an Ebay ad that has words like Fel-Pro, Federal Mogul, Speed-Pro, and ARP in the description. That way the buyer can choose to go their own way. They can put an iron intake and 2 bbl carb on it for a resto, or stab in their own cam with an Edelbrock intake and aluminum valve covers for a performance swap.

The short answer is: Neither. Offer it for sale and let the buyer determine how he/she wants to configure it.
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A 327 ChevyII block is fairly hard to find and should bring a very good price to someone looking for an original one. They have the recessed oil filter mount and were only used in the Nova/ChevyII.
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Oh... I learnded something Sorry for the possibly poor advice...
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A 327 ChevyII block is fairly hard to find and should bring a very good price to someone looking for an original one. They have the recessed oil filter mount and were only used in the Nova/ChevyII.
Plus the clutch pivot boss is in a different location. It's a rare piece.
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Might be somebody at www.stevesnovasite.com looking for one. Check the classifeds and maybe the Q&A site.
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