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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 08, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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are stock z28 pistons worth anything?

i was just thinking, maybe they might be worth some cash to someone who wants to build an engine with original parts

they are the stock 11:1 comp 69' z28 pistons made by TRW

any dollar value? it would be nice to sell them and maybe get some different pistons.. maybe
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 08, 08:46 PM
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Re: are stock z28 pistons worth anything?

Are they forged?

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 08, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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forged aluminum
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 08, 10:10 PM
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Someone here on the board was just looking for some of those.

You are talking NOS never used. Right ?

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Someone here on the board was just looking for some of those.

You are talking NOS never used. Right ?
no, they are used
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Re: are stock z28 pistons worth anything?

I got almost $150 on ebay over a year ago for used factory set of standard not so nice 302 pistons.I didnt think they were worth anything really. They were.
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I got almost $150 on ebay over a year ago for used factory set of standard not so nice 302 pistons.I didnt think they were worth anything really. They were.
thanks.. for that price i would just keep them.. they are part number TRW 3927172
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thanks.. for that price i would just keep them.. they are part number TRW 3927172
Please don't take offense but what makes you think USED ones should be worth any more than $150 ? I assume they are standard bore which makes them a little harder to sell since the chances of anyone having a std. DZ block that has a perfect bore these days is a little slim. They would actually be worth a bit more if they were .030 over. A couple years ago I put a set on Ebay myself that was 7 mint used std pistons, 1 new replacement that matched the others, and a slightly used Z/28 cam & lifters and the whole lot sold for around $200. The hardest thing to find for anyone building a 69 302 other than the correct DZ block is a good crankshaft. Pistons can still be had new for a reasonable price.
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Please don't take offense but what makes you think USED ones should be worth any more than $150 ? I assume they are standard bore which makes them a little harder to sell since the chances of anyone having a std. DZ block that has a perfect bore these days is a little slim. They would actually be worth a bit more if they were .030 over. A couple years ago I put a set on Ebay myself that was 7 mint used std pistons, 1 new replacement that matched the others, and a slightly used Z/28 cam & lifters and the whole lot sold for around $200. The hardest thing to find for anyone building a 69 302 other than the correct DZ block is a good crankshaft. Pistons can still be had new for a reasonable price.
because i see a lot of people on this forum, and i see a lot of people building cars that want original stuff

i see replacement z28 pistons that arent even forged aluminum sell in restoration magazines for $500 and usually original stuff is worth more to build something that is completely correct instead of remade stuff
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because i see a lot of people on this forum, and i see a lot of people building cars that want original stuff

i see replacement z28 pistons that arent even forged aluminum sell in restoration magazines for $500 and usually original stuff is worth more to build something that is completely correct instead of remade stuff
I do not know anyone that considers TRW pistons as "original" for a 302, Around here TRW pistons can be bought today cheap.
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I do not know anyone that considers TRW pistons as "original" for a 302, Around here TRW pistons can be bought today cheap.
these pistons came out of a DZ302, how can they not be considered an original piston?
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Re: are stock z28 pistons worth anything?

TRW made them for Chevrolet in 1969... I've got a set from my car too, when I had to bore it 0.030, I kept the original ones.. they are in good shape, waiting for me to find a use... I 'almost' put them in a bored out 283 a few years ago (it was a '59 block), but it only needed to be bored to 0.080... *G* maybe next time I'll go the 1/8"..

Before anyone says 'no way'... 301's built from 283s bored 0.125 were the hot thing on the street/track back in the '60's.. way before Chevy thought of the Z28/302.. you just need a 283 with thick walls, and the '59's were usually the best for that...

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TRW made them for Chevrolet in 1969... I've got a set from my car too, when I had to bore it 0.030, I kept the original ones.. they are in good shape, waiting for me to find a use... I 'almost' put them in a bored out 283 a few years ago (it was a '59 block), but it only needed to be bored to 0.080... *G* maybe next time I'll go the 1/8"..

Before anyone says 'no way'... 301's built from 283s bored 0.125 were the hot thing on the street/track back in the '60's.. way before Chevy thought of the Z28/302.. you just need a 283 with thick walls, and the '59's were usually the best for that...
i thought the 301 engine was a 327 with a 283 crank in them, they are now called 302's because of chevy, but back then they called them 301
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i thought the 301 engine was a 327 with a 283 crank in them, they are now called 302's because of chevy, but back then they called them 301
Before the 327 was available they bored the 283 to 4.00 (+.125)
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Before the 327 was available they bored the 283 to 4.00 (+.125)
thats quite amazing, although im under the impression that the 283 and the 327, etc are the same exact block, just with a smaller bore?
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