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Question Price for rebuild

I'm rebuilding my clevo at the moment, using a 351 crank with 302 rods and an ACL race series rebuild kit to suit. The kit is gonna cost me $780, the crank cost me $245.
For the block to be cleaned up, cracktested and honed, heads cleaned up, rods cleaned and pistons put on, then whole thing to be balanced. I was quoted just over a grand, $1100. Is that too much?

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Re: Price for rebuild

Sounds about right considering the lengths you've gone to checking everything.


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Re: Price for rebuild

Thanks mate, I got caught out by the last part of that post, I was hoping to get it done for about $600, but I really want to do all the little things that will make it a reliable build, 'cos in the future I wanna put alloy heads, torker manifold and a bigger holley on it, and I don't want to pull everything apart just 'cos I took shortcuts. I want at least 500 rwhp in the future, so the base has gotta be good.
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Re: Price for rebuild

what work is being done to the conrods to handle 500rwhp?

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Re: Price for rebuild

if you want to look into the future ( wish i did ) ,cause i will bet you $100 you will want more power later! here a couple things i can think of in no spef order;
-short fill the block ( means filling the block with a type of cement up to about the welsh plugs)
-get the block honed using plates
-make sure someone looks into your setup for right choice of acl piston dish :( too big, will loose a bit of power lowering your comp more than u have to.
-use good bolts, ARP everywhere, or something similar. Main studs,Heads,Rod bolts etc..
-302 conrods are gunna need work for that power, not even sure if they can handle that much? clean up, shotpeening, linish bearing surface...
-consider better harmonic balancer than std. it will spin..
-got a mech cam if you are going to go bigger later, you will need adjustable rolla rockers if you do this, not just bolt ons.
-go straight for a good sump
-big debate on high pressure oil pumps but use a good think drive shaft. arp..
-consider oil restrictor kit, clevo's pump too much oil up way leaving not enough blow deck. will need this if you stroke it or similar..
-balancing i think is great. though its not needed all the time. it will make the motor smoother a shit load.

money adds up real damn quick... but the work on the block is worth it!! if you are going the larger hp direction, sonic testing the blocks isn't as easy as it sounds as you can come across a couple bad blocks before u find one, can be $$ if u are buying them to test em.
there is somewhere in QLD that seels pre-sonic tested blocks though which is the best opt..

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