Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Melbourne, Florida
Re: Gm 12568778 502 engine oil pan
Thanks Levon. I thought he was in California from his bio on the website describing where he grew up. I watched some of his videos and he sure seems to be very thorough. One video was about valve seat runout on a new set of aluminum heads. Another video was about selecting the right vintage block for the build. I learned a lot about the GM big block. My previous experience has been on the SB Chevy and the Pontiac 400 engines. I've built about 7 engines so far and all have held up amazingly well. However, I find myself going beyond the "budget" since I always want to do upgrades like forged cranks, H-beam rods, etc. All of that adds up very quickly but it does make for a very strong motor.
Vortec Pro's website has prices but the engine description is minimal. He doesn't say if it has a forged or cast crank, forged or cast pistons, 2 or 4 bolt mains, bronze valve guides, etc. I have a feeling his $5595 motor is using non-forged parts with a 2 bolt main block. On his "selecting the right block" video, all he shows are 2 bolt main blocks. A good seasoned block can be a very good motor but a brand new block is "brand new". However, I'll reserve judgement for his description of the block and components.