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This is a discussion on pricing within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; does any body how much it will cost to turn my lt1 into a 383 or should i just buy ...

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    does any body how much it will cost to turn my lt1 into a 383 or should i just buy a crate engine? any have any good shops in chicago land area

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    Costs will run you a few grand...much cheaper then a crate motor. If you can do the work for youself even cheaper..

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    It will cost less than a couple grand unless you are buying a whole new top end to go with the new cubes. Even if you are buying new heads, cam, etc... it is still cheaper than a good 383 crate if you do majority of the work yourself.

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    What they said. Find a shop that does good engine work take the bottom end out and put a cast crank, h beam rods and aluminum pistons is cheaper than buying one online. a rotating kit for lt1 383 is only like 2k for a fully forged kit and 900 for one with a cast crank but unless you are planning on spinning the motor over 6500 you don't need a forged crank. Add about another 1500 since your in Chicago area for block work; mic, hone, bore, size bearings, cam bearings, ballance the rotating kit and put it all together, you will be looking at 2500 or less for the bottom end. I only inflate it because your in a major market but with the economy sucking you should be able to get it done for 1700 to 2200 for parts and work done. Cubes alone don't make that much power but it does make more torque. you could even set the compression up stock and then get a set of stock cc sized heads that flow better down the road and do a head cam swap if you don't want to spend a lot now. It will cost a little more for head work if your going to have that done to the stock heads but all in all you could get a full motor together 383 making 350 hp at the rear wheels for the same price as some of these cast crank 383 crates. ($3500 to $4000) on the high side

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