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Looking for engine recommendation

Discussion in 'GM Discussions' started by bluevan, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. bluevan

    bluevan New Member

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    Found what appears to be a 1978 Sierra Grande pickup.
    I was wondering what would be a good engine and suspension for it?

    Im considering a crate engine.
    Something reliable and has some grunt to it.

    The 350 has crossed my mind... is there a better "all around" option?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Huck

    Huck GSU Eagle

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    Depends on your goals. When I had my ‘70 C10 I planned to LS swap it with a 5.3 from the junkyard but that involves a new fuel system, new gauges, wiring, etc.

    If you just want a nice cruiser with a fairly drop in motor, just get a crate 350 or a 383 with a carb. Both options, realistically, are similar in price if you do the work yourself but the LS is a lot more work


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  3. bluevan

    bluevan New Member

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    Those are all great options! Thanks!
     
  4. barrrf

    barrrf Active Member

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    I'll disagree a little on a "lot more work". If he's buying a crate engine he can just buy a connect and cruise kit.

    Even if he doesn't buy a connect and cruise kit he can still buy an LS crate engine, a stand alone harness from like BP Automotive or whatever and hook up a couple of wires and be testing in a weekend. The nuances are the drive shaft length and trans adapters.
     
  5. Huck

    Huck GSU Eagle

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    This is true, I was more talking about doing a junkyard conversion. And obviously "a lot" is all relative as well.
     
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  6. Khaos

    Khaos Bed Dent Club Founder

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    First off, what's your budget? That will help narrow down what would be the best fit for your application.
     
  7. bluevan

    bluevan New Member

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    Well... budget depends, im working on a few other vehicle projects atm.
    I want this truck to be a clean (not overly modded) daily driver with a little bit of grunt under the hood.

    I could go $8000 give or take on the engine... I havent looked under the hood yet, I suspect it could already have a 350.

    I prefer to keep it in the $3000-$5000 range if possible.

    The big bucks are going to my other builds atm.
     
  8. Ginger

    Ginger Bubbles

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    as its not going to be a daily driver or anything, you have a few options, first if there are any local dirt tracks, guys are always selling crate 602 or 604 motors, these motors are GM crates, made for a spec division and have around 370 to 20 hp at the crank. which is enough for most people. If you want more, then you can build a small block fairly cheap. most expensive part will be the heads.
     

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