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I have a 69 convertible Camaro, but its engine is an L79 motor (327 ci/350 hp) from a 68 Corvette. I posted the engine in the corvette orphan forum, but no one responded. It was not a sale posting. This is also not a sale posting. I am trying to get a value, so I can evaluate whether to post it for sale or just rebuild it and enjoy it.



Here are the details:

Partial VIN = 18S415780. I think the full VIN would be either 194378S415780 or 194687S415780.

This is a March 68 build motor.


Engine Code = V0325HT (March 25, HT = Vette)
Engine Block Casting - 3914678 (300 & 350 HP, 2 Bolt Main)
Cylinder Head Casting - 3917291 / C 19 8 (Mar. 19, 68) (means 2.02 intake 1.60 exhaust (late production) 63.305 cc)

I have purchased the PCV parts and air-cleaner parts from Paragon. I bought a 3919803 intake manifold from craigslist. The carb is crazy expensive for the vette (a one year carb), so I picked up a 7029202 Rochester carb from this site.

I just had the motor disassembled for a rebuild. Machine shop says everything is good for a rebuild to be bored .30 over.

My quandary is do I rebuild as a stock L79 with the machine shop and keep it in the Camaro (TH350 trans with 2.56 posi) or try to sell the motor as is and let a vette owner rebuild to his/her specifications?

To make that decision, I was looking for someone to try to tell me the value as is AND as rebuilt. My rebuild would involve parts from sealed power, eglin, federal, etc. Summit and Northern have kits. The heads would get worked and ported.

I saw an ebay post looking for $6500 for a rebuilt l79 motor, but not much else to pull comps. I could rebuild as a 350, but I figure a vette owner would rather get the 327 block and maybe save the pad stamp.

Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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It would only have value to the owner of the Vette (probably long gone) or maybe a guy looking for period correct for a Vette which would be a long shot, so I see it as just another rebuildable core. Being a 2 bolt block I personally would not spend the money to rebuild it unless you want to use it in your car.

You might be able to sell as is for $1000- $1500.
 

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Don't rebuild it if you are going to sell it to a vette guy.

If you want to keep it and rebuild it for yourself, make sure the machine shop doesn't machine away the ID pad.

It's a 2 bolt main 327 block, nothing really special except for the ID stamp. I think $1000 is a stretch, IF you could find a buyer. Now, if the actual vette owner showed up, it would be worth a bit more, but you wouldn't want to rake that guy over the coals to reunite the engine, so maybe $2000 for that deal.

Personally, I'd yank the 327, put in a 4 bolt 350 (at the very least) and try and sell the 327 as is.

It mostly comes down to what do YOU want to do?
 
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