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04-21-2006, 12:28 PM #1
I'm looking to build up the engine in my 95 LT1, but i'm not sure about how I should dig in??
I don't want to take it to the shop and spend 1500 for labor alone, and i want to learn myself.
Looking to tear into the engine: cam, heads, lifters, pistons, everything. what would be the best way of going about doing this????
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
04-22-2006, 09:04 PM #2
since your gonna have the motor out i would first talk to a machine shop to see what they will charge to "freshen the motor up" ex. re-hone and clean up the block. Talk to them and see what they would reccomend putting into the motor for what you wanna get out of it. The only labor you will pay is for a machinest to clean up the block and if your not comfortable have them assemble the bottom end or even top and bottom but thats ur call. Not hard to do just make sure you got the right tools and time for the job, and a good friend to help.
J2001 SS, Its not the car its the Driver that matters....
04-23-2006, 03:19 PM #3
Thanx for the help.
What kind of cost, tools, hours, and specialty would i need for the work over
Is it just a matter of putting it all back together, or are there certain configurations that I'm going to need to know??
Appreciate the help,
P.S. 95 LT1 with only 24000 true miles
04-23-2006, 05:19 PM #4
its pretty much just puttin it back together, now depending on what your gonna have the shop assemble determines what kinda tools you will need and info you will have to obtain. for ex if your builidng the bottom end you will need torque wrench and specs and some guaging material, feeler gage,ring compressor. but if your just puttin it back into the car and putting the acc. on for ex alt,starter,manifolds,waterpump and pulleys things of that nature you will just need common hand tools. Its probly not worth you going out and buying all the tools you will need for a complete build up unless you think your gonna use them again. I'v been doing it for 6 years now and what i'v learned it to take your time and make sure you label where things go. Issues will arise and chances are bolts will break but just stay focused and you will be good to go. I would call a local shop and see what you will pay for a "engine cleanup" then see what they recommend on putting in there or call summittracing for recommendations. Good place for parts also
any questions bud just hit me up
04-23-2006, 05:35 PM #5
Thanks man looking forward to a summer build. got the torque wrench and feller and ring,compressors nothing. What would you reccommend as far as internal performance packages to get, cam, pistons, rod, **roller everything**??? Heads???*** whatdya thinks best?? Im in the price range of about 1500-2000 but while I'm at it, am willing to go up. what kind of numbers on the dyno do you think I can get for this?
Also what do ya think bout ported heads??? need to do my research on em but do you know nething??
Thanks for all the help man, I really appreciate it.
04-23-2006, 06:28 PM #6
Wow, a 95 with only 24k miles?!?! I would have a hard time bringing myself to molest that engine, seriously. I could see if it had 100k+ miles like most other cars that are 10 years old, but I would rethink taking apart an engine that new.
Since you want to change everything anyway, and most of the stuff you want to change (within the shortblock) requires the engine to be out of the car - what about purchasing a used block, one with a bad piston or something? That way you could really take your time with it, order whatever parts you need, completely assemble it outside of the car...and when you finish it, you can sell your 24k mile engine for a good price to offset some of the cost of the new one.
04-23-2006, 07:40 PM #7
Ya that sounds like a good idea, I found the car locally with the original owner, I would really like to have got somthing in worse shape, if you've ever heard anyone say that . I'm just looking to get alot more power out of it. I'm fairly new to the electronics and fuel injection and have had projects throughout highschool with my dad including two 67' GTO's, 72 Chevelle, but never did any true engine work with them. I want to become my own mechanic, and carbed cars just can't be a daily driver, so I got somthing that I can have and work on without having to worry about high milage and it breakin down on me.
Gimme some of yer thoughts, just got the car and i'm tring to get as much input as possible, and explore my options
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