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  1. #1 how much would an engine rebuild cost? 
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    hey guys, i'm wondering how it would cost to rebuild the l98 (350 tpi v8) engine that's in my trans am. currently it runs great but burns oil like a bitch. i'm thinking that it might just be piston rings or a pcv valve, but how much do you think it would cost just to rebuild the entire engine, as in replacing worn parts and restoring it to almost new condition.

    does anyone know?
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    about 3000. rebuild block and heads, labor, that is what our shop charged years ago, now it is pbly higher, or you can take a risk and get an engine from a junk yard, they give you like 30 days warranty, if you get unlucky and buy a shot engine, you pay for lador again. but i never recomended that route, cuz if our rebuild engine turn out to be defective, it is our problem, you wont pay for it. plus you know the engine is like new, junk yard otoh, you have no idea what condition it is in.
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    tpi sux. carb conversion tyme!!!


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    Both crack heads are wrong. TPI can be great if you are willing to learn and upgrade and 3 grand for a basic rebuild is retarded. I had a 350 turned 383 for 1875.00 out the door and bolt my own heads on at home. That was new crank, cast btw, rods pins and pistons, decked, line honed, and bored .030 over with torque plates and honed new cam bearings and every bolt replaced and 4 bolt splayed caps drilled and installed.
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    Most shops today are installing remanned (remanufactured) engines with 3 year/36 month warranties,like Jasper Engines and Transmissions.Not many rebuild anymore as the cost has become prohibitive to really make money and cover warranties,etc..That is,if your shop is doing any kind of volume.I rebuilt the small block 6.0 ltr in my Mopar,and the machine shop bill was $623,which included boring the cylinders .040",line honed the main caps with ARP studs,hot tanking the block,new cam bearings and freeze plugs,reconditioned the rods and installed the pistons on the rods,installed ARP WaveLock rod bolts (studs),decked the head surfaces,and they sent the crank out which was magnafluxed and turned .010" undersize on the rods and mains.It's seen over 7000 R's a few times.
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    I had the engine in my Blazer completely rebuilt for $750, labor and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltaolds
    about 3000. rebuild block and heads, labor
    screw labor. if you can do it yourself. you can do it for under 1000 bucks done right

    hell if you wanna cheapo it just for it to last a lil while, you can spend about 250. no bullshit, COMPLETE rebuild.

    again if you DIY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat
    screw labor. if you can do it yourself. you can do it for under 1000 bucks done right


    again if you DIY.

    Amen. DIY FTW
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    lol, i,ve had planty of so called diyers, come to us to fix, what they messed up, and very often, they messed up big time. you should see what they did, lol, wrong parts, crossed wires, and vaccum hoses, cut off plugs....ect.
    and when asked why did you attempted doing it whitout proper knowlege and tools, all as one say, i was told it would be fast and easy, my frends said they would help me. they sure did. there is a good saying, cheap man pays twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Txchevy
    I had a 350 turned 383 for 1875.00 out the door and bolt my own heads on at home. .
    wait a minute, you paid almost 2g, just for a machine shop?????
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