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Old 12-11-2002, 01:40 AM
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Is sleeving a damaged bore an acceptable or practical way to save a block? I have a 350 chev and my engine shop wants to install 2 sleeves in #3&6. The block has no value as far as matching numbers or ect. and what are the odds of a water leak occuring in the future with a sleeved block? THANKS DY

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Sleeves tend to run a little hotter than the other cylinders, but there is little chance of leaks. I would avoid it on the block you describe, there are plenty around, I only reccomend it on rare or #'d blocks.
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Even if this were a 4 bolt main block the cost isn't worth it. A 350 from a Junk yard isn't expensive. Save yourself headachs and cost and get another block.

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I agree with the others. Find a different block unless it is numbers-matching.
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I`ve had a few blocks sleeved. I wish I lived where you guys do. we used to trip on 350`s here, now there like hen`s teeth, scarce. ever since the drag race and circle trackers have really exploded no one has one anymore. we got 1 circle track and 3 drag strips. 400`s use to be fairly easy to find, now if you find one your gonna pay $$$ for it. only thing we got in the bone yards are 305`s that nobody wants. lastly, when I did my last rebuild for myself, I looked for 4 months before I found a 350 even after placing a ad in the paper 2 times in a rowe,, and all this in a town with a population of 95,000!
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Old 12-11-2002, 10:47 AM
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Well, that may be the case in your town and many towns like it, but isn't that why the internet is such a great tool? Head on over to <a href="http://www.ebay.com" target="_blank">eBay</a> and see what people are selling there. Also, everyone and their brother are selling crate motors now days. I'm sure you can find something that will work for you without breaking the bank.
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here in michigan, inthe flint area where the things were all made you can still find a few, but they are getting scarce and the prices for cores are continually rising, locally you can go junkyarding and see piles of 305's and maybe two or three rebuildable 350's. usually already sold. We sleeve blocks every day, there is nothing wrong with a properly sleeved block, the sleeves are made of better material than the original block. I have run high horsepower big cubic inch big blocks with as many as four sleeves in them (had to save those good blocks).
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