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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 03, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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My brother is replacing the 350 from his 88 4x4 and was charged $50 for the core. I can have it if I pay him the $50. I'm assuming it's a 4 bolt block since it's from a truck. I'm only thinking quick cheapie rebuild then resell for profit. It would be my first engine build and I could use the experience before building my big block. I have not even heard it running to know how bad it sounds though. What do you giys think?

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Don't assume it is a 4 bolt because it came out of a truck. Lots of 2 bolt 350's in trucks.

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It's a one piece seal motor. Stay away.
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What's the problem with one-piece rear seals? I thought they were less likely to leak and also had roller lifters. Sounds pretty desirable to me. As for the knocking, presume the worst. A crank journal is probably scored up to the point that the crank will require replacing. $50 is a pretty good deal for a good block. If it turns out the block is cracked or damaged, you might get $50 for scrap iron (I'm guessing).

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An 88 350 will more than likely be a 2 bolt block. Also, it is NOT a roller cam engine, the trucks did not start using rollers until late 90's. The block may or may not be machined to accept factory stlye roller lifters. Still, $50 is not bad, even if all you get is a good block.

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Well the more I think about it the more I think I'm going to get it. I mean a complete engine for $50 for me to learn on seems like a good deal. Besides, my daily driver is getting up there on the mileage, so maybe I'll just build it and set it in the corner for future use.

I knew about the one piece rear seal, and was only guessing on the four bolt part. Is there anything at all besides a gaping hole in the side of the block that should tell me to just let him return it as a core and look for something else?

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I agree with everybody here, but, for $50 USD, it can be a great lab puppy to learn engine rebuild. Regardless, whether its a 4-bolt, or a one-piece seal. Rebuilding procedures would be the same. Take plenty of pictures.

It's a great start to learn, get experience, and practice, especially, what NOT to do and what TO do on your next project. If it needs a crank, crank kits are cheap, approx $100 USD, even locally. If the block is good, then an engine kit would be in order.

The worst part of the whole job IMHO, is clean-up. I'd rather pay somebody to do it.

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