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    Default shoud i buy a crate motor or build a motor?

    Hi guys,
    Just wondering what would be better off. I see a lot off crate motors for sale in the states 300 -450hp 302 Windsors and 347 strokers. I am in Melbourne and was wondering where and if i am better off having a motor built? i have a bare block, or would it be cheaper to buy a turn key engine? If anyone can recommend a builder that would be great thanks.
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    Do the sums, get a price for the crate motor, and then get a price from an Aussie builder, or do the engine assembly yourself...

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    I was in the same boat as you a while ago and i have found after helping a few people with theirs that its more satisfying to build the motor yourself although it is time consuming you seem to appreciate it more

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    The import will win out if you can find some one overthere that will deliver your engine using a good logistics company...... Your biggest issue will be reputation from the builders doing your work. NOT only over there but hear also! DON'T Assume we are all good builders and trustworthy.

    I now of a 440HP short block SBC, Quoted to be shipped to Melb port for $500USD.....
    SBC- $3380USD All machined with Quality parts.

    Can you get some one hear to better that?

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    Because factory sucks

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    ^^^ By the time you convert the dollar, and pay tax's and shit one it, you would get one built for close to that. Then you have to worry about warrenty aswell. If it breaks, you will have to pay for more shipping to get it fixed, and thats if they even touch it under warrenty. Thats the way i look at it anyway.
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    Give JT American Imports in Thomastown a call (9466 4817)... they import Chev motors from the States and also build them. Seems to be good prices, eg. 350 Chev with about 350hp for $3,100 or so.

    I am going to approach them to get them build my motor in a few weeks. They supplied my mechanic's 454 big block 2 years ago and it's been perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willy08 View Post
    I was in the same boat as you a while ago and i have found after helping a few people with theirs that its more satisfying to build the motor yourself although it is time consuming you seem to appreciate it more
    Its all up to personal opinion, but i must agree, if you build it then it feels more like "your motor".

    I do think importing would be cheeper though.
    Powerful + Cheap = Unreliable
    reliable + Cheap + Unpowerful
    Powerful + Reliable = Expensive!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatecrasher View Post
    Give JT American Imports in Thomastown a call (9466 4817)... they import Chev motors from the States and also build them. Seems to be good prices, eg. 350 Chev with about 350hp for $3,100 or so.

    I am going to approach them to get them build my motor in a few weeks. They supplied my mechanic's 454 big block 2 years ago and it's been perfect.
    they sell on ebay dont they? im also looking into buying a crate motor also but they all seem a bit tame(low comp, hyd cam).

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    All up to personal choice,theres alot of good suppliers in melb that stock crate motors anywhere from 290hp to 400hp.I got mine through eagle.
    If your after something with more horses then I'd go with the engine builder,you have a choice of cam,heads,pistons,comp ratio etc.

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    Buy all the bits you need from a shop in the USA then assemble it here. Works out a shitload cheaper and you no what is inside and that is built right. Trust me i have learnt the hard way buying parts here in oz.

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    If your going to import do it now while the dollar is high.

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    With the dollar as it is, import from a quality builder and you're ahead of the game.

    Disregarding sales, bargain searching, friends, etc, you can barely buy the parts here for the price you'll pay to land an assembled, dyno'd crate on your doorstep. Even my friends and family in the trades would genuinely consider one over buying the parts and building themselves.

    There are dangers, and warranty is one. I've heard tales that tell of warranty with these US builders, where even a helpful company takes weeks to ship new products out. Some people won't like that wait.

    Also, we need to support our Aussie builders and suppliers. However, money is a defining factor for many. Often the ultimate.

    I say, if you can do it yourself, do it, and enjoy the ultimate satisfaction. If you can afford it, keep our money local. But if you want the best deal, the crates, right now, rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XBROO View Post
    If your going to import do it now while the dollar is high.
    It's on the slide big time. Was 90 US cents last week, now down to 86.

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    you can have heaps of problems with crate motors here as well, a mate of mine bought a "gem" 351 and it lasted 17km's then it took him nearly 6 months to get anything out of them and he still had to pay the labour costs! Its always better to build it yourself but some people simply can't especially when talking high HP engines. And there are unfortunatly a lot of dodgy engine builders out there as well (like they whoose name must not be spoken but rhymes with "sydney weed supplies")

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    Quote Originally Posted by 532man View Post
    It's on the slide big time. Was 90 US cents last week, now down to 86.

    Back to 89c now ... Its just a new average, as long as it doesnt slide down into the 70s all is good ...

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