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How much did your engine rebuild cost at your shop?


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#1 mgr52

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 05:21 PM

I saw one of my local shops advertising a special service for engine rebuilds, here it is



Machine Package
designed for low cost stock engine rebuilds



Remove cam bearings
Remove oil plugs
Remove freeze plugs
Thermo clean block
Bore / hone to your specs
Check crankshaft for straightness
Grind crankshaft if necessary
Clean and micro polish crankshaft
Rebuild rods to factory specs
Press rods & pistons
Hone lifter bores

Disassemble & clean heads
Pressure check cylinder heads for cracks
Surface heads
Standard valve grind
Knurl guides if necessary
Degrease all disassembled parts
Install cam bearings & check fit
Final clean block for assembly
Install oil plugs
Install freeze plugs

From $1,330


I saw that and thought wow that isn't bad. so I was curious what other members costs were for similar services? I thought this was a great deal for someone just looking for a stock rebuild.

Edited by mgr52, 06 July 2011 - 05:22 PM.


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:44 PM

R & R cam bearings and plugs, degrease gas block
Install main stud kit & correction hone main bearing housing bores
Resurface V8 engine block both sides
Rebore cylinders .030 over
Clean all gasket surfaces and clean final block ready to dry assemble
Install cam bearing set
Install pistons on rods and check & adjust piston ring end gaps
Dry assemble, check rod rotation clearances, check and adjust crankshaft rotational clearance
Subtotal Labour $1,140.00
Shop supplies
B51400 Balances 461 CID stroker kit from Eagle
194-5401 ARP main stud kit
PP-4T coated cam bearing set
97-26 plug kit
M-54F high performance oil pump
IS-54A intermediate shaft
K51-224-4 comp cams camshift kit
Cam thrust plate
Subtotal parts $ 2,837.85
Total freight and brokerage charges $ 144.85
Tax $ 208.99
Total so far $ 4,388.69

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 08:06 PM

I saw one of my local shops advertising a special service for engine rebuilds, here it is



Machine Package
designed for low cost stock engine rebuilds



Remove cam bearings
Remove oil plugs
Remove freeze plugs
Thermo clean block
Bore / hone to your specs
Check crankshaft for straightness
Grind crankshaft if necessary
Clean and micro polish crankshaft
Rebuild rods to factory specs
Press rods & pistons
Hone lifter bores

Disassemble & clean heads
Pressure check cylinder heads for cracks
Surface heads
Standard valve grind
Knurl guides if necessary
Degrease all disassembled parts
Install cam bearings & check fit
Final clean block for assembly
Install oil plugs
Install freeze plugs

From $1,330


I saw that and thought wow that isn't bad. so I was curious what other members costs were for similar services? I thought this was a great deal for someone just looking for a stock rebuild.


The key word here Mike, is "FROM", $1330.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 08:53 PM

cost me about 3500
My bird is a working progress. New Marshall engine-forged pistons, upgraded rockers and stronger rods/bearings. Rebuilt transmission. New LSD. I wish money grew on trees :)

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:15 AM

very true Joe, depending on how much work your engine may need that price is subject to change..

DJ, $3500 isn't that bad, I know when I had my '79 done it had cost me $4500 and it needed a bit of work.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:54 AM

If its a complete rebuild, top to bottom, re-using crank, cam, and rods..... All new bearings, gaskets, seals, springs, retainers, pushrods, water pump, hoses, fluids, etc..... You're probably looking around $4500 roughly, and thats having a shop do all the work and rebuild and everything......

I have seen where shops say rebuild your motor for 2k and stuff, but then they get u with all the parts and machine work and fluids, hoses, and what nots as all extra's, so u still end up paying 5k......

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:41 PM

very true Joe, depending on how much work your engine may need that price is subject to change..

DJ, $3500 isn't that bad, I know when I had my '79 done it had cost me $4500 and it needed a bit of work.


Right, I got a better deal. Still working out the kinks though, but it's a lot cheaper than some of the rebuilds i know of.
My bird is a working progress. New Marshall engine-forged pistons, upgraded rockers and stronger rods/bearings. Rebuilt transmission. New LSD. I wish money grew on trees :)

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:21 PM

also dont forget all the other little add on's when you get the motor back. Stuff like new water pump, fuel pump, wires, cap, rotor, plugs. All that little stuff adds up quick
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