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Old 11-20-2004, 02:52 PM
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Should I build this Chev engine?

A friend has a throttle body 5.7 Chev engine that he would sell for $100. It's about a 1994 or so. He got it from a wrecking yard, installed it and found it had no oil pressure to the top end. Had pressure at the gage though. Has Vortec heads, some brackets, the throttle body manifolds. I have a tired 1980 350 in my Scout and was thinking this would make a nice replacement. Help me make up my mind.

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Old 11-20-2004, 03:11 PM
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My best guess is a clogged oil gallery to the top end in that engine...

Probably the parts alone are worth 100 soo if a fellow was to have the block and heads tanked and cleaned you may have a good start..

just my thoughts..

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Old 11-20-2004, 03:15 PM
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If you haven`t checked the heads casting numbers, and there factory 1994 heads there not vortecs, the name Vortec was used since the 80`s as just a name, vortec heads came along in 1996.
There could be several reasons why it had no oil pressure to the top end, if the engine was just primed, sometimes it takes a while before it makes it to the top end.
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Old 11-20-2004, 04:01 PM
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To answer your question....Yes! It would make a nice replacement.
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Old 11-21-2004, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for the Vortec info. Since they are not Vortec, they would fit my 85ish 350that I'm running right now. So if the engine is trash I should still end up with a nice set if heads.
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