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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 03, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just bought an 88' Iroc-Z and that same night the engine started knocking pretty bad. I took it to TPS because a friend of mine works there and they said that the problem was "terminal" and they didn't reccomend rebuilding the engine, which i think is BS, but anyway, i'm overwhelmed by decisions i'm having to consider and I hope you guys can help me out because im sure you've already been through it.


Should I rebuild my engine to a 383 stroker ? if so, whats involved and how much money am i looking at? new computer?

Or should I buy a rebuild 350TPI off the web which comes with a 7yr 70,000mi warranty for about 1300$

Or should I have my engine rebuild locally?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for you time guys.

just found something in my travels across the vast wasteland i refer to as the www, thought it might be interesting to more people than me, tell me what u think.

http://www.mp-auto.com/products.htm#7

seems that they're selling a 406HP SBC Short Block for a little over a grand.

Also i ran across another engine, 450hp 383 short block SBC for a very decent price of $1400.

http://speedomotive.com/450%20H.P.%2...%20WARRIOR.htm

anyway, what im thinking is i'll buy the short block and put my old heads on it for the time being so i can build on it later. someone please let me know if im being a complete idiot.

Thanks,
Justin
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 03, 03:20 AM
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I'm not a big fan of internet crate engines. Lots of problems posted here on the this site . . . try doing a search for "crate engine" here or in the performance section.

I personally would look to get your block rebuilt locally (if the block is OK) that way you have some recourse if it doesn't go well. I'm not sure what your budget or performance goals are so its hard to give specific advice, but based on the engines you are already looking at it sounds like you need to keep the cost low.

If you need to keep the cost low maybe a Goodwrench 350 short block would suite your needs, if you get one local from a dealer at least there is a warranty that is worth more than the paper its written on. If your current block is OK and you can spend a little more a stroker kit would be nice, just deal with a reputable local machine shop.

Your current computer would probably be OK with a 383 as long as you keep the combo mild. The only down side is that the higher RPMs will be limited because the early TPI intake manifolds were originally designed for the 305 which makes them a little small for a 350, even smaller for a 383. A good upgrade later on would be an aftermarket intake a maybe larger injectors - but I'm not a FI guru.

Just my opinion.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 27th, 03, 09:02 AM
 
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i'd agree, if it hasnt "let go" yet chances are good you can rebuild fairly cheaply back to stock..nothing like a rocking motor but reliability is still good too...
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