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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 05, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking to change my stock 305 over to a crate 350. The shop I'm buying the long block from is a performance parts/ instalation shop. They want almost $2000.00 to swap the two blocks, but I was wondering how hard is it to do myself? I plan on unbolting it from the tranny, and mounts, and putting the new one in.

Is it worth the trouble?

Thanks for any advice.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 05, 06:24 PM
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Okay, I'm a bit short on info from you but here's what I think...

First, you will need an engine hoist, preferrably not a rented one so you have some time to work.

Tools, mostly just your basic hand tools, although a jack can come in handy often, and sometimes a 2X4 or long pipe. And if you're taking out the trans, something to plug the back end!

A good friend is really handy, doing it by yourself is tough with all the sheetmetal installed, possible just not easy.

I'd yank the engine/tranny as a unit, clean up the trans and bolt the whole unit back together before I reintalled it. I've found this saves time and I'm less likely to miss anything when I can see it all easily. Your milage my vary, I know many would just leave the trans in.

The operation itself really isn't that hard it's just unweildy, heavy and time consuming. It also tests your observation skills, if you forgot to unbolt anything, you gotta act fast or break it! [img]smile.gif[/img]

For 2K on a car that will maybe be WORTH 2K? I'd try it myself, worst case scenerio, the engine hoist falls over and kills/maims you, and you have several hundred thousand in medical bills...or you succeed and have the money left over to blow on crack cocaine and strippers. Lost weekend anyone?

The best thing to have is someone who knows the process a little and can guide you through the major mistakes, label everything and take your time and it isn't too hard.
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