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Old April 9th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Crate Engine vs Building A Core

I have a unknown 99 small block Chevy that may be questionable, I don't know the history on it. It's a toss up weather to have that built or get a plain jane crate from GM Performance. I'm thinking money wise, it would be better to get the crate since I need all the outside stuff; ignition, intake/carb and a bunch of misc parts regardless of what I do. This will be going in a driver. The engine I have is a roller motor but the vortec heads are junk.

I'm leaning to the crate. Figure approx $1500.00 for it vs whatever the machine shop would charge if the block is any good on the engine I have.

Hmmmm.............
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Old April 9th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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I'd go crate. I'm gonna put a crate motor in my TJ in the next year I hope with a M22 Rockcrusher 4spd. Got the trans, just need the motor! Also, where did you get your avatar. I love it lmao
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Old April 9th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Also, where did you get your avatar. I love it lmao
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Old April 9th, 2012, 07:53 PM   #4
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I'd go crate. I'm gonna put a crate motor in my TJ in the next year I hope with a M22 Rockcrusher 4spd. Got the trans, just need the motor! Also, where did you get your avatar. I love it lmao
Where the hell did you get a rockcrusher bastard. Id love to have that thing in my car. Be sweet listening to it.
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Old April 9th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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i think you would be better off with a crate since it will have all the extra stuff and its all brand new.
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Old April 9th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #6
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If you need it all go with the GM turn key crate engine. Faster and easier than parts gathering and it has a warranty.

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I'd go crate. I'm gonna put a crate motor in my TJ in the next year I hope with a M22 Rockcrusher 4spd. Got the trans, just need the motor! Also, where did you get your avatar. I love it lmao
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Where the hell did you get a rockcrusher bastard. Id love to have that thing in my car. Be sweet listening to it.
It's better off in a car, the ratios suck for off road.
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Old April 9th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #7
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Where the hell did you get a rockcrusher bastard. Id love to have that thing in my car. Be sweet listening to it.
So you want my M22 eh

Just know I got everything for it. Bell, clutch cables, everything. That sucker is ready to be dropped into something mean!
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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So you want my M22 eh

Just know I got everything for it. Bell, clutch cables, everything. That sucker is ready to be dropped into something mean!
Yea Id want it for my Trans Am. Whats it out of? and what year is stamped on it?

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Old April 10th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #9
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Myself, I'm going with crate, but I'm looking at Gen IV stuff, and I'm finding that most junkyards want more money for a 6.2 liter than a brand new LS3 costs.

I believe Car Craft did a couple articles (one this month) about starting with a crate 350 from GMPP, then doing some upgrades to it.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #10
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crate motor you can get a 290 horse for 1500 from summit racing
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