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Old 12-26-2012, 12:44 AM   #1
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I have the option to have my lt1 rebuilt or put in a brand new lt1. Basically the oil pressure drops to 0 when the car warms up. I'm thinking a bearing. The rebuild was quoted at around $3,000 and he'll beef it up a bit. Didn't give me too many specifics but I will ask about it. I was also quoted at $3,600 for a new engine and installation.

The car has 170k on it, so let's assume the engine does too. The previous owner said it had 60k on it but who knows.

Will it be better to get a new lt1 put in or to rebuild the one I have now? Is there any difference as far as performance and reliability? The rebuild won't be a factory one, but probably not fully forged like I want it to be for that price. I can't really go over $3,600.

Any input please. I have to make a decision quick and I don't know much about engines as far as rebuilding them and what it means for older engines verses a new one.

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Old 12-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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i don't think your going to get a brand new lt1 eng. your going to get a rebuilt eng. ether way you go i would get your own eng. rebuilt that way you can chose the parts they put into it
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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The only thing is if it has 170k on it, and being a camaro I bet its been beaten on and rebuilt already. I don't want to compromise it and build it again since I'm going to be racing it a little if its not in good shape to begin with. I guess I'll just have to weigh my options when it gets closer. Its being looked at right now.
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With him rebuilding it include head work ( new valve stem seals, lapped valves, etc)?
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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When I make calls tomorrow for some ideas on pricing for every option I'll get back to you. I was quoted at $3,000 for a rebuild and to beef it up a little, but I'll have to ask what is included in that. I was also quoted for $3,600 for a brand new factory lt1. My dad made that call so I don't know exactly where he is getting the engine from. I'll make sure I know before I even have them look at my baby.
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Even though your car will never be on Barrett Jackson auction selling for a million, you still have to consider that most collectors like a numbers matching car when purchasing. Just something to consider for the future.

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I already made my mind up to never sell this car and to never let it die. Its my first car and Im making it new for me, not so someone else can buy it.
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Stroke it!!!

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I already made my mind up to never sell this car and to never let it die. Its my first car and Im making it new for me, not so someone else can buy it.
Im the same way with my 95 T/A Its not my first car, but its my first AMAZING car ive ever owned!!! Go ahead with that New Lt1 for now man, then build it up in a few thousand miles when the funds are there man! that new LT1 Will be faster then that rebuilt one anyways! Go for it man!!!
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Stroke it!!!

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this is a good deal on a bottom end. you can put stock heads and cam on it till you ready to upgrade
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this is a good deal on a bottom end. you can put stock heads and cam on it till you ready to upgrade
It already has a cam in it .

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The thing is I was to find the cheapest way to get this up and running asap. I can't do any of the work myself because my dad says its just too much. He wants a shop to do everything so I can't really cut corners with prices by doing things myself. But if I can get it rebuilt and maybe put a few parts better than factory I'll be happy for now.

Sure its better to pay the extra money and get it done the right way now, but being in college I simply don't have all the money to dump into making this a really solid engine. We can talk that after I actually save money up. I'm just confused on what to do. My budget is about $4,000 MAX and even THAT is really pushing it since technically I don't even have $1,000 cash. I can get it though, but it'll be close.

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Why don't your verify what's wrong with your engine first? Don't assume it's a bearing until you know for sure. Did someone put a mechanical oil pressure gauge on it to confirm oil pressure? It might be as simple as a bad oil pressure switch. If it does have zero pressure find a complete bone yard engine and swap it out to get it back up and running.
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Why don't your verify what's wrong with your engine first? Don't assume it's a bearing until you know for sure. Did someone put a mechanical oil pressure gauge on it to confirm oil pressure? It might be as simple as a bad oil pressure switch. If it does have zero pressure find a complete bone yard engine and swap it out to get it back up and running.
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The thing is I was forced to drive it with 0 oil pressure more than once. The car has stalled and knocked plenty of times while driving it so there's no doubt the engine will be shot after that. I know I probably screwed the engine up bad so I know I'll need a new one for sure regardless of why it has 0 pressure in the first place.
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