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Old 03-08-2013, 07:52 PM
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I need a motor rebuild! The car has 79k on her but after doing the heads last year, now I have tons of blow by and need a bottom end rebuild.
The price for parts are crazy for these motors? Why?
I could buy a 396 or a 454 with a tranny for cheaper than a 390 rebuild..
I really want to keep her stock but at what price??

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:03 PM
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I need a motor rebuild! The car has 79k on her but after doing the heads last year, now I have tons of blow by and need a bottom end rebuild.
The price for parts are crazy for these motors? Why?
I could buy a 396 or a 454 with a tranny for cheaper than a 390 rebuild..
I really want to keep her stock but at what price??

Thanks
Dan
where are you located
there are a couple good engines for sale here

yes the 390 is expensive, all based on supply and demand

you can buy 2 nice 350 chev crate motors for the price of one 390
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:06 PM
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Located in Springfield, MA.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:09 PM
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Dan. I know what you're going through.

How did the cylinders look when you pulled the heads off? Maybe a re-ring is in your future. It's quite simple to re-ring and re-bearing these motors.

A set of rings, bearings (main and rod), gaskets will set you back about $500 and if you can do the work yourself, that may be the solution.

I'm doing mine right now - this is the second one I've done.

Where are you at?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:38 PM
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The cylinders looked pretty good...
The car only has 79k on her.
I am not a big mechanic but that does not sound to bad at 500.00
for the rebuild.
The issue is all of the motors for sale are long blocks and my heads are done already. I might pull them off again and check I think I might have a head gasket leak. The exhaust blows out white under load.
I had a local mechanic do the work and I think he screwed something installing the heads. Those were done at a local machine shop that does those all of the times. The heads could be cracked also??
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:47 PM
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I just looked on Kanter for parts and the price came up to approx 800.00
Is there a better place to buy these parts?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:48 PM
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A rebuild is going to cost you north of 4 k since your heads are done already.
Hotrodin was selling a motor for around 4500 that's a great price
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The cylinders looked pretty good...
The car only has 79k on her.
I am not a big mechanic but that does not sound to bad at 500.00
for the rebuild.
The issue is all of the motors for sale are long blocks and my heads are done already. I might pull them off again and check I think I might have a head gasket leak. The exhaust blows out white under load.
I had a local mechanic do the work and I think he screwed something installing the heads. Those were done at a local machine shop that does those all of the times. The heads could be cracked also??
white smoke is most likely coolant burning
maybe a crack in the head?

were the heads magnifluxed when they were redone?
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There were supposed to be done?
I was hoping it was the gasket!!
Easier to swallow than the real professionals.
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I was supposed to buy a motor from hotrodin but could not swallow spending 4500.00 on a motor!!
I had spoken to him and we were all set then I lost my job, now have a job again and income but still cant do it. If the car was a show car it would be easier to spend the money but the car is really a somewhat a daily driver. I take her everywhere even home depot, etc....
I had a local guy that builds these 390 for race cars and he said he could do all of the machining and putting motor back together, paint etc for 1k, I thought that was a great deal. Even if it costs me 1500 for a rebuild kit.
I would be out of the whole rebuild for lets say 3k at the most with a new water pump.

*Cant get a hold of the guy now, not sure what happened.!!!!!
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