Bear with me as it takes me a while to rationalize things. Mean no disrespect to K.E.
$6,500 is a bunch of money though.
I have a local solution, and I'm wondering where the value is at.
Karl's stuff is well proven, so there is a trade off having it done locally (local is unknown with LT1's, but builds lots of SBC's).
Karl, there is no substitute except for Mike Harris.
Do it right the first time.
Bought a built 383 for what I could afford. Spun a rod cap bearing. Had Karl rebuild it. When Karl tore it apart he found multiple issues with the build:
multiple rod cap bearings had oil starvation damage; oil pickup fell off because of weak tack weld; a rod cap bolt was cross threaded; loose timing chain
and one of the lifters was stuck open.
So, with doing it "cheap" I ended up spending twice as much.
Think about it long and hard. Going fast is expensive. Building AND balancing your engine is not where you want to skimp.
It's not just the parts but the craftsmanship that goes into the build.
12.32 @ 109, ESE 357, LE2 heads, LE 224/230
12.86 @ 105, Reman 355, Z28 heads, CC 502, CPT 3, Edge 3400, 4.10, PCM4Less
11.74 @ 117, ERE 383, LE2 heads, AI 234/242, CPT 3, Yank 3600, 3.73, PCM4Less
12.28 @ 110, Golen 383, LE2 heads, CC 503, CPT 3, Yank 3600, 3.73, PCM4Less
13.07 @ 101, Rebuilt LT1, LE2 heads, Crane 227, CPT 3, Yank 3600, 3.73, PCM4Less
14.11 @ 95, Stock LT1, Edge 3000, 3.73, PCM4Less
Last edited by Lance; 11-27-2012 at 03:44 PM.