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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 15, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Crate recommendation

I want to get a crate motor for a 79Z28 and would like some recommendations. I have a budget of 4k and have looked at companies like blueprint, year one, and phoenix engines. Have read good and bad with all of these. Looking for 400hp/400ftlb , i also have a company called AES in elk grove IL local to me that also sells a crate. Does anyone have any input on this. I side toward a vortec engine with roller cam/rockers.
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Re: Crate recommendation

Crate engines are all the rage right now 9and often tough to beat for the money), but i would recommend talking with a local machine shop, and seeing what they can build for you...

if you can find a reputable shop, i think your goals are very easily do-able locally, and you always have someone to go back to if their is a problem...

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A buddy just bought a ZZ4 and I spec'd a cam for him...real happy so far, drives/runs/pulls track times yet.
Another buddy has a ZZ4 in his Vette, its a weekend toy, never sees the track...he said its "OK".

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Re: Crate recommendation

I've had my eye on this one a while from Year One for an 80 Truck I have:
I would definitely go hydraulic roller and this has the specs you are looking for. There is one about $500 cheaper that uses Dart Iron Vortec heads that looks good too. Vortec heads are hard to beat on a basic stock build.

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We build our own. The machine shop charged us $2200 for a shortblock with Mahle coated pistons, file fit ring, Scat forged I beam rods, and steel internal balance crank. It is a 383, with Pro Comp heads and intake. Ran 11.76 last night
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 15, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Crate recommendation

What cam dod you go with on that setup and what kind of HP/TQ are you producing. Also what cfm carb are you running
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 15, 06:00 PM
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I would go with this crate engine.

They have 10 different option packages.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 3rd, 15, 06:02 PM
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Mark, The engine from Year One sounds like a good deal. The Edelbrock E-tec heads are Edelbrocks copy of vortec heads. The price will be hard to beat from the others I have seen. $3500 is a good price for a name brand Aluminum head engine. Now you know this sounds like a remanufactured engine when you see Connecting rods: Powdered metal. These are the rods they used in the LQ4 and LQ9 truck motors. Another hint would be using stamped steel rockers. Who would buy Edelbrock heads and use stamped steel rockers.
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