74 XB Fairmont
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Cranbourne, Vic
Re: Cleveland Alloy Blocks
All sounds good BUT
For the cost of the block you could just buy a 400ci block and stroke it to around 440->460ci and throw CHI's on. Better again is just fit a 460 and stroke that. 460's ain't dear. Changing the plugs would be fun though.
Manufacturers forget they must remain competative whether they are in Aust or not. If it ain't competative/comparable pricing with other engine blocks. The other engine will get the $. Most expensive/extravagant blocks become race only blocks due to racers being the only ones that can drop that sort of $ on a block.
My dyno tuner bought two chev blocks (Fontana I think) for $2500Aud ea. Which I think is an affordable block for the regular cleveland user. Any more than that just puts them way out of reach for us normal people who don't earn $50,000+ a year. To make the most $ manufactures will need to sell loads in volume (which is what they want) to the little guys. Big $ racers may buy maybe 2-4 blocks per 1-2 seasons. So that's not a wise market to aim for.
As usual as time goes on things get cheaper. Then once the $ are right the product will become affordable and popular. Then the price will sit steady. I remember when bought my CHI's they were selling for nearly $5000 complete. 2 years on and they are $3200-$3700.
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