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Big Block Crate Engine advice

Team, further to my previous post about rebuilding my tired old 454, I have been investigating my options for a replacement crate motor. After some research, I have narrowed my interest down to the following which are all within my budget and offer the sort of power I am after:

Shafiroff - Ultrastreet Classic 540/695
Speed-o-motive - Streetmaster 496/580
Gilbert (Sallee) - Super Street 502/625

Does anyone have any experience with any of these? Are there any others that I should be considering? Any advice or recommendations would be welcome.
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Shafiroff is a good motor. scott has been building motors for a long time.

I have been doing ALOT of research on motors cause I like to build all mine but, Reher-morrison seems to be popping up at the top of my list pretty often. Second to them is bill mitchell at the engine shop third is Jon barrett. I am friends with Jon Barrett. He probably has the best bang for the buck I have found......street car wise anyway.

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World Products has the best selection of BB crates and offers a 24month,24000 mile warranty.
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Shafiroff is a good motor. scott has been building motors for a long time.

I have been doing ALOT of research on motors cause I like to build all mine but, Reher-Morrison seems to be popping up at the top of my list pretty often. ...
I can scond Shafiroff as a reputable builder my brother bough one his 555's and is still beating on it. Reher-Morrison has been building not only hot street motors but are well known for building motors for many pro and super stock competitors. I am thinking of them or Pat Musi as potential builders of my next max cube short block as I have little experience with long arm tight clerance strokers.

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Team, further to my previous post about rebuilding my tired old 454, I have been investigating my options for a replacement crate motor. After some research, I have narrowed my interest down to the following which are all within my budget and offer the sort of power I am after:

Shafiroff - Ultrastreet Classic 540/695
Speed-o-motive - Streetmaster 496/580
Gilbert (Sallee) - Super Street 502/625

Does anyone have any experience with any of these? Are there any others that I should be considering? Any advice or recommendations would be welcome.
Wow, those engines are a bit more hp and tq than what you were originally after out of yours.Make sure your drivetrain can handle 695 ft lbs!

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It's not a crate motor but if build a big block this is the motor

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Italiano, you are right, but when I look at what my budget is, (around $12 - $15K AUD) , it seems that I can get a lot more bang for my buck. Like I said, I am investigating all my options. I am looking to do all the required mods as part of the rebuild. ie, sub frame connectors, solid body mounts, 9 inch with a 4-link, etc.

With a ZZ502 costing around $14K AUD from Eagles or Amcap, I am pretty confident I can get one of these other motors into the country for the same or less, with obviously more power.
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Just another option on the GM crates.. Albury Speed and Marine sell them too. I think they may have repaired warranty engines that might save a few bucks.
Not 100% sure, just something I remember hearing.
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