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sbc 350 install, what would you do?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by fjcruiser, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. fjcruiser

    fjcruiser

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    First, I am sorry if this has been previously discussed, I have done numerous searches and can't find exactly what I'm looking for.
    So, what is the best way to achieve my final goal and what should I expect to pay for the components and to have it installed. I want to end up with a 350 engine, th350 or th400 tranny, np203 mated to my 4 spd transfer case.
    I know I will need to purchase the AA install kit, but in addition...
    Should I buy a used rig and yank out the components if so which one?
    Should I go to a wrecking yard and plan on rebuilding what I get?
    Should I buy factory new or reman of each?

    I have access to '79 chevy 3/4 ton pickup with a fairly fresh reman 350 engine (5K miles), th400 trans and np203 t'case. The guy wants 2000 for the rig is this too much?
     
  2. TJDIV

    TJDIV Back in The U.P.

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    NO, pick up the rig. You can use everything there, even the axles if you wanted, but it depends on what you use your cruiser for. However, you can sell those 3/4 ton axles and get a little bit of money back. Gut it, transplant it, and go from there. That's what I did with my 40. From fire to tire I'm all Chevrolet. Sorry, but I don't hit too many narrow trails with my rig. All sand and mud here in FL.

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  3. hammerhead

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    I'd find an old pick-up or blazer that has what you need. In my shop I'm working on a customers '79 blazer that came with 350, TH400, and NP203, so if you look, you'll find. I'm finishing up the 203/205 doubler conversion. You're talking about a pretty long drivetrain so get out your tape measure and plan it carefully. Good luck.
     
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    kling-on Kool Arrow

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    [quote author=fjcruiser link=board=1;threadid=7181;start=msg59526#msg59526 date=1068088722]
    First, I am sorry if this has been previously discussed, I have done numerous searches and can't find exactly what I'm looking for.
    So, what is the best way to achieve my final goal and what should I expect to pay for the components and to have it installed. I want to end up with a 350 engine, th350 or th400 tranny, np203 mated to my 4 spd transfer case.
    I know I will need to purchase the AA install kit, but in addition...
    Should I buy a used rig and yank out the components if so which one?
    Should I go to a wrecking yard and plan on rebuilding what I get?
    Should I buy factory new or reman of each?

    I have access to '79 chevy 3/4 ton pickup with a fairly fresh reman 350 engine (5K miles), th400 trans and np203 t'case. The guy wants 2000 for the rig is this too much?
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    first buy that donar or i will ( and offer 1500 it cant hurt ) .... second what are you swapin it in to 40 55 60 ?? or did i miss that
     
  5. 1Fine40

    1Fine40 Rust Buster SILVER Star

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    Hmmm, many options here, so you pretty much have to decide what your budget can handle, then move forward. I put in a junkyard SBC my 1st time around to get the fit and finish correct for my use. I drove it for about a year until I had all the bugs worked out. Then I replaced the motor with a freshly built unit from a local machine shop. It was worth it to do it that way, since I didn't screw up the new motor while I was learning and working out the bugs of the swap...YMMV I would definitely grab that PU if your budget allows though....:cheers:
     
  6. fjcruiser

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    Thanks for the advice, I will probably end up buying the truck. I will be installing everything in a '76 40. Looks like I will get my longer wheelbase now. 8 ;)