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Old 01-18-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
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Question is this a good buy????

i found a 2000 camaro z28 for $2000 that has a tick coming from the top of the motor idk what the problem is yet any ideas? new to ls1 motors.
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i found a 2000 camaro z28 for $2000 that has a tick coming from the top of the motor idk what the problem is yet any ideas? new to ls1 motors.
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Yes.

It probably is normal Ls1 valve train noise, post a vid clip. Ls1s sound like sewing machines and are notorious for valve train ticks.
However, a "tick" and a "knock" are completely different things.

Either way, you could part the car and make double or more of your money back.
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I'm going to look at it tomorrow the ad says it has a bad tap coming from the top of the motor.Anything in particular that i should look for on the car.
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lol i see you fixed the picture. Just make sure thats the only problem. Is it auto or m6 and does it have any other problems, leaks, etc...? If everything else is good, thats a good deal.
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its an auto 4l60e and says may possibly need a head gasket it has 160,000 idk if that's a lot for an ls1 or not.
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ooh bad head gasket = lots of work. But without jumping to conclusions, ask him why he thinks it may need a headgasket. Check the oil dipstick to see if the oil overfilled, or milky/creamy. On a cold start, have the radiator cap opened, and tell him to turn the car on for you. If bubbles start surfacing on the radiator once it starts, then thats a bad sign. Has to be a cold start though.
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would it be worth fixing with that many miles if it does need a head gasket?
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I know plenty of people with 150+K miles Ls1s that run hard still.

If you are mechanically inclined a head gasket is a few hours worth of work and under 100$.

For 2,000$ if the motor/trans is good... Its a steal. I have seen rolls in not so good shape sell for that.
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yeah. 160k miles isnt a lot on a ls1. However, doing headgaskets is a PITA. When you talk to the guy, focus on all the things that need work, and try to bring the price down as much as you can.
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yeah i think I'm going to get it.any good first mods besides exhaust?
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Yes, fix head gasket.

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Exhaust/intake/free mods/tune.. Usual first mods.

My opinion? Replace everything that needs it.. General maintenance, fuel pump, etc.. Shocks.. Etc.
Fix cosmetic issues, hazy lights.. Torn seats, etc.. Make it a nice car, then mod it.
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hopefully the head gasket isn't actually blown and I'm use to driving a beat up car. I'm currently driving a 79 nova and it isn't pretty trust me the only thing worth any money on it is the motor lol.
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There is a LOT you can do to make a car nicer for 500$.

Check out my recent thread with the 00 Z28 we picked up for the GF. She has under 500$ in it since we bought it.
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that's a pretty nice camaro idk about doing all those mods for under $500 lol but cant wait to see it when its finished
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that's a pretty nice camaro idk about doing all those mods for under $500 lol but cant wait to see it when its finished
I know how to look for deals and know a lot of people... And I jump on deals immediately when I see them.

Just keep your eyes open.
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Yeah I was supposed to go look at that camaro today but can't get the guy to answer the phone
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ask him what octane he has in the car too, seems small but you never know...no one mentioned that yet...
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