View Full Version : Buying a BBC Crate Motor... HELP!!

06-20-2008, 12:36 AM
I'm about to purchase a new short block BBC crate engine for my 1970 GTO but have never really done much research on the topic and want to make a good decision. Anyone have any suggestions or prior knowledge with buying a BBC short block that they would be willing to share? Thanks a lot guys, excited to get involved in this forum.

06-20-2008, 09:02 AM
Well w/ the gas prices you can prolly get a stock 454 pull out for a few hundred bucks... I just picked one up for 300 intake to oil pan and it runs great. if you can get a pull out and build the bottom end (or not) you can spend about 3k and have a NASTY bitch!!


06-20-2008, 10:10 AM
What are your goals for the motor/car? As mentioned above you can get a 454-496 fairly cheap and then add what you want to it.

06-21-2008, 12:41 AM
i am just looking for a short block b/c i already have a nice set of heads, edelbrock air gap intake and 750 holley carb. I think im going to go with a motor from a major distributor so that i can trust it and be confident in the quality of the motor. Anyone have any experience with BluePrint Engines? Looking at their 496 short block for 3,700.

06-23-2008, 09:08 PM
You can buy a lower priced 4340 rotating assembly for 1,500 and get a used block and get it machined and assembled for well under 3,700. It'll be good for 800-1000 hp no problem.

Look at they have some affordable kits. I used one for a less expensive build and ran it for 3 years running a 250 shot on it and never had an issue.

06-23-2008, 10:01 PM
get a brand new GM 454 short block and cal it a day! or spend a lil more and get the 502 502, or spend even more money and get the ZZ572! depends how fast and how much you want to spend