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  • 19-05-2009, 07:19
    Er no mate. Kinda one step forward & one step back
    Hopefully it should be sorted in a few weeks, one way or the other.
  • 18-05-2009, 18:34
    take it that you havnt sorted out your engine issues then steve ?
  • 18-05-2009, 12:31
    Thanks, looks like all the "got 1 with swarf in the sump, didnt make the power it was spose to & the crank wasnt machined properly" stories, are just that, tales & stories.

    Now, just gotta see which engine ?? !!
  • 18-05-2009, 08:02
    Id guess it depends on funds and what you want from an engine

    If i had the money, Id buy a crate (with an engine in)


    As you know im re-building (stock) my chevy and at the moment its cost less than an empty crate
  • 18-05-2009, 06:56
    Never had a problem with the 2 crate motors i've bought.

    If it worries you though, buty thru someone like WASP or other UK suppliers. The engine still comes from the States but the UK supplier issues the guarentee.
  • 17-05-2009, 21:25
    Quote Originally Posted by matt--8 View Post
    For me it would be a rebuild, i've done 2 now with my dad and half of one alone, makes it more fun.
    It may be fun matt but like others have allready said it works out more expensive ? And if you dont have all the equipment to measure all the tolerances your enginge might not last as long as one that is factory built> I would go down the crate route myself
  • 17-05-2009, 21:05
    For me it would be a rebuild, i've done 2 now with my dad and half of one alone, makes it more fun.
  • 17-05-2009, 15:59
    I got lucky & won a HO-350 deluxe back in '01. Stuck it in the elky where its performed flawlessly ever since.
    The HO is probably a better deal than the ZZ4 if you dont need the ally heads. Although theres 20HP difference on paper, the difference is said (by Hot Rod) to be much less on the dyno.
    Again, in Hot Rod a month or 2 back, they showed you'd be almost 100HP better off just getting a ZZ4 short block and decking it out with edelbrock heads etc, for about the same money as a complete ZZ4.
  • 17-05-2009, 15:19
    I have a crate zz4 in the probs at build a SBC to that spec without the poss machining works out pretty close to buying a crate motor. mine has 340-350bhp at the flywheel and 280 at the wheels (off the dyno)
  • 17-05-2009, 15:08
    I've used a few crate SBC's over the last couple of years.
    They were the most cost effective way of sorting out worn engines.
    What with the dollar as it is and the rise in the cost of shipping, I'm not so sure how they stack up at the moment.

    Always take the sump off and check the bottom end out. I've had one very loose oil pickup pipe and one that was laying in the sump!
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