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Old 05-17-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Just got this engine for $1300

All new. I do not have a ton of experience buying engines but I figured I could roll the dice for this much. What do you think?

87-95 series 350 (5.7) Four bolt main, bored 40 over, Moresa pistons, cast iron rings, Engine Tech lifters, SA cam, 10 under rod, 10 under main, 10-10 crank, machined heads, SA timing set, spread bore Edelbrock manifold, Mr. Gasket oil pan, valve covers, timing set cover, all chrome. 2 inch crank for flywheel, gasket set for accessories

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Old 05-17-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

good find. It should be a great powerplant.
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

I am really looking forward to finding out!
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

I would do some spot quality checks.

Some easy spot check examples:
Verify dip stick level indication correct.
Verify lifters adjusted to spec.
Verify #1 TDC lined up correct.
Verify >50psi oil w/ drill prime.
Verify oil flow to valve train w/ drill prime.
Verify head bolts don't turn when torqued to spec.
Look closely an intake end gaskets/RTV.
Note quality of gasket/RTV application.
Drop pan and verify all crank bolt torques.
Verify oil pump bolt torque.
Verify crank clearances w/ plastigauge.
If all pass and I'm feeling lucky I'd consider startup.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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I recommend you put a starter on it, a ring gear and compression test before you do anything much just yet.
If the numbers come out nice and fairly even, then I would proceed with all the fun stuff!!
Good Luck, keep us posted!
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:42 PM   #6
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

Start with a cylinder leak down test. It will tell you far more about the condition of the engine than a compression ever will.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

I have been watching Boise craigslist for a long while to find a deal like that. good work
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:33 PM   #8
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

Hi tim, i thought i was the only one to use a cylinder leak tester! 10% loss or more equals more checking and possible trouble. Is my memory correct? I just joined a week ago but you must have worked in repair shops also, as i did. Brian F.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

Thanks guys, I will do it all!
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #10
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Re: Just got this engine for $1300

Good price on that.
It's difficult to get a good gasket seal on those chrome parts. If you "rough up" the mating surfaces of the chrome parts with fine sandpaper, the sealer will get a better bond. Otherwise plated pans, and front covers notoriously leak.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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Good to know, thanks!
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