Re: ZZ427/480 vs ZZ502/502: Opinions?
I've looked at it this way:
Keeping in mind that everything in a crate engine is new- not "seasoned"- what would the parts cost less machine work, assembly, and shipping? I'm guessing, but:
bare heads: $1,000
7/16" connecting rods: $500
stainless valves, guides, and roller rockers: $1,000
cam, lifters, pistons: $1,000
intake, carb, distributor, aluminium water pump: $1,000
rings, gaskets, pushrods, bearings, valve springs, retainers, oil pan/pump: $500
balancer, flywheel, timing cover, plug wires, plugs, water neck, oil fliter, cam bearings, freeze plugs: $500
Yeah, a crate motor is expensive, but at $7,500 and counting (assembly, any machine work, shipping extra) I don't see a $5,000 savings anywhere. But, put everything at $8,500 and I could clearly save more than a few bucks by building it myself, even with parts chasing- but without a warranty.
It seems like the 502 would be the better deal coming in around $8,000.
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