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Old 10-09-2003, 12:20 PM
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Turn-key or self-built?

Hey all,
I recently purchased a 1969 chevorlet camaro, and was wondering if i should go for building the engine myself, or just purchasing a complete turn-key? Take into consideration that most of all my knowledge has been aquired while researching ie internet/books...I havn't any real experience turning a wrench.

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Old 10-09-2003, 12:55 PM
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Well, I built my first in the early 60's, an old Ford flathead, scrounging parts, and it ran when I was done. If I were you I'd give it a go, providing I had the right tools, a place to do it and a good comprehension of how an internal combustion engine works. There's a wealth of information available, everywhere you look, and this site is the best. You just have to parse out the good from the bad.

BTW, I've found I spend a lot more $$ building myself, with machine shop costs, parts shipping and all that, compared to the cost of an out of the box crate engine! But, I got exactly what I wanted and knew what I had. There are a lot of excellent mechanics around who learned from the school of hard knocks. I would not, however, attempt to 'backyard' todays sophisticated systems, My hats off to Mr. Goodwrench for that action!

Good Luck with whatever you decide, Larry
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Old 10-09-2003, 01:11 PM
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As Nova said, if you have the tools, place and time, there is NOTHING like building it yourself. If you don't have or want to buy all those tools involved in the rebuild, then your answer is the crate. I enjoy all of the aspects of doing it myself, but if money permits, the next ride (after the two I have in the process!!) will be crated.
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Monk,

8yrs. ago when I bought my '66 Chevelle I literally knew nothing. I didn't know the first thing about a carburetor, etc. I just knew I wanted a hot rod.
When it was time for an engine I wasn't sure what to do, but I figured I would give it a try and if things looked bad during the build I would beg for help.
I built the whole engine from a bare block with the use of a book, and several phone calls to friends. I now know more about my engine and how it works then I would have ever learned by buying one already built.
Of course now that I've said that I am considering a 700hp SBC by Speedomotive for my next engine!

Either way you go I'm sure you will have fun with that Camaro!
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Let me clarify my earlier reference to 'crate' engine....I was talking about the GM off the shelf crate engines for around $1,700.00. Chevymetal, you're right-on about the Speedomotive and other high performance builders! Yep, you can definitely buy the best and they are called crate motors! I'm glad you brought that up 'cause I was thinking 'cheap'....like he'd want that in a '69 Camaro, hah!
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i have to disagree with everyone and say if you have the money, buy a profesionally built one with a warranty. that way you can't go wrong.
i have never done it this way though because my money always comes in small sperts, and i can't save worth a f--k.

just my 65 cents Aaron
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