My brother's 77 threw a rod and needs a new engine. The 350 block (original) is cracked, heads damaged, cam broke. We were going down the highway at ~3000 RPM when this happened, not hot-rodding. I guess the guy he bought the car from did the engine work himself and maybe wasn't experienced enough in assembling an engine.
He wants to get the car back on the road very cheaply. He found a 96 or 97 Vortec 5.7 L engine out of a 3/4 ton truck for $600. It has a roller cam. Is this a good price and engine to buy? Don't know the miles.
If he bought the Vortec engine would it work with the stuff he has:
-Accessories (alt, PS pump, water pump)?
-Intake and Carter AFB carb? I think he needs a new intake from what I know about Vortec heads.
We would use the heads and basically not touch the internals of the engine. He would like new rear gears (has 3.08) but I said if he wants taller gears he probably needs a different cam and the truck cam would be adequate for now with the gears he has. I'm not sure if he'll have the money to get new gears and posi. Would it make sense, though, to put a new cam in while the engine is out of the car?
Thanks for any help, this is a great site!
PS I'm still saving money for my dream: 68 RS!
[ 10-03-2003, 09:32 PM: Message edited by: danhei ]
Dan Heiberger<br /><br />72 Buick Skylark 455/TH400/4.10 Posi