Re: Need a new Engine
jelco, its hard to beat "production line" engines versus rebuilding one that likely needs major machining, in terms of cost. Rebuilding your own is a very cool excersize, but without a mentor, or a local car club to lean on, it may be over your head. Plus, over one's head or not, you will need a machine shop and their speciality tools and machines at some point. Some of us have done it with Pastiguage in our garages, but that also assumes some level of knowledge.
For the record, the cheapest complete 350 from ATK is $2800. ASSUMING you dont need new pistons and a re-bore of the block, you could rebuild the 283 pretty inexpensively. Again, I would STILL consider bolting on a new fresh, setup, pair of heads. Vortec's preferably. With these assumptions ( no new pistons), you could be well under the $2800.
You'll clearly want at least a three speed trans ( T350), unless lots of highway cruising is in the mix, then you'll want either a 200- 0r 700-R4 with OD. Rebuilt T350s are the least expensive option.
So , I think the cheapest solution, assuming no block boring and new pistons, is to freshen up the 283 short block, and bolt on a fresh set of more modern heads. Mate that with a T350.
You wont be able to tell that until you remove the cylinder heads on the 283 and inspect each of the 8 bores.
Why is it dead? Or how did it die specifically? That could give us a better clue.
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