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Old 12-01-2003, 11:36 AM
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pontiac 455 pricing

Hey guys, I am going to start looking for a 455. I am really only interested in the block but I will most likely buy a complete or some what complete engine from a yard. My question is what are my chances of finding a 455 in a local yard and roughly how much would it cost? Thanks for any help guys.
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:40 AM
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If you can't find a block, I have a very complete one I would sell.

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Old 12-01-2003, 11:44 AM
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You do? I am mainly interested in the block because I will buying all new internals and everything. What are you asking?
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Not to sqaush a possible sale but look in your local swapper or ask around at some machine shops in your area. I have gotten quite a few 455's just for hauling off a junker car... Any machine shop will know who to talk to about Pontiacs in your local area also. I got one for 50 bucks from a shop a few years ago because it was dropped off and never claimed... Sat in the corner for two years until I found it and asked about it... Just some ideas...
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Old 12-01-2003, 01:10 PM
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Around where I live they go for $400-$750 in running condition. Good luck...
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My 455 HO was in a 70 Bonneville conv. that I wrecked in 72.pulled the eng, and trans. stored them inside. Installed another frame, got real busy and it got pushed outside, then further back. finely got hauled to the country and stored on old farm place. Every thing goes $1.500.

Low miles , just add gas and go. For more imago pm me.

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i have a 73 455 bored 60 over with fordged pistons all comp cams valve train 292h cam and milodon 7 qrt oil pan hi pressur pump torker intake with less then 3000 miles on it. it needs a tare down and a cleaning and new berrings.
a small peice of brass got in to the #1 cylender and as soon as i fired it up it started to knock i shut it off pulled it a part enuff to see the brass. but i dont see no damage so i think a minor reabuild will fix it.
i also took the oil pan off and checked the bearings and they look ok but i would still replace them.
altogether theres over $5000cdn into it befor this happend.
the reason i want to sell it is i i cant aford another rebuild.
so i put my 454 from my elcamino in my trans am.
now all i need is a 502 for the elcamino.
but that wont be till the body work is done.
but i live in bc canada.
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Where I live, you can find the occasional Griswald wagon hiding out in some yards that no one has noticed. A friend of mine found a wrecked 71 bonneville with a 455 buried in a yard. After 4 hours to get the car out, we spent another hour getting the motor out. Motor was in great shape. He spent serious money building it up (E-heads, new bottom end, etc.) He put it in his 68 firebird with a muncie 4-spd. That thing can do the longest burnouts I have ever seen! And once it hooks up, the rest is history.
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WHERE I'M at, (hi, Ken-P) northern WA by I-5, you never see them. last one i saw the guy wanted $500 for a runner, miles u/k. 70 was the best year then compression started to fall to i've heard below 8 even in like 75. but, i know a pontiac freak up my canada who says it's easy to get one. i left him my number about 4 months ago and havent heard from him yet tho. you would want to know what year one was before you buy it or you'll be buying new pistons even for a good runner, so dont pay good money for a 75 thinking you will just drop it in and be happy. if i do my math ken you will still be wanting more than 1K$US for your motor which i dont have, but i am not the one looking right now. i really want one for my car <-- tho because i only have a 326
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It doesn't matter to me what year the engine is. I will be doing a complete rebuild whether the engine runs or not. I am mainly just interested in the block and nothing else. If it is complete that is fine. But I would rather just pay for a bare block.
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Then you can also go with a 400 block and by a stroker crank kit and turn it into a 455 that way. Try and find an older casting year like 1975 and older. They're much stronger then later blocks.
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I could do it that way but I want to be true. I also have never built a 455 and would think it would be fun. I just dont trust those shim kits and turned cranks to be used in a 400. I haven't heard much about them and from people who use them.
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I've never done one either but let's face it, Pontiac blocks aren't as numerous as they used to be. I'm hanging on to the ones I have. Eventually I'm going to put a stroker kit in a 69 400 that I have. Try and find a 455. But, if you can't find one at a reasonable price, just stroke a 400. Aint nothing wrong with it.

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Not sure if you're interested but here is a complete motor, trans and converter in mass. I see you're in Maine which isn't too far to travel.

http://forums.performanceyears.com/6...11&m=824606315
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Thanks 6567, but that guy wants like 3500 bucks for his setup. I am not planning on spending that much considering all I want is the block. Maybe I will make some calls to some local junk yards and machine shops to see whats around. What about a swap meet? I haven't been to one yet but there is a pretty big one in New Hampshire the last sunday of every month in the summer. What do 455 blocks go for at swap meets usually? Or do you usually never see 455 at swaps?
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