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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 12:15 PM
dogma
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I am looking for a replacement 5.7L TBI (L05) engine for my '93 Caprice wagon. I want to look at all of my options. I don't want to do this expensively but not so cheaply that I am penny-wise pound-foolish. Here are some options I am looking at. Are the prices on these used engines too high as it seems to me? Or about normal?

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<LI> 1992 Caprice police car. 100K miles. $650 with the core engine. One advantage is, it is 10 minutes from here.

<LI> 1992 Cadillac. 90K miles. $700. I could pick it up, 4 hours from me.

<LI> 95 Chevy van with 80K miles. $1000 with a basic 100-day warranty; $1175 with a 1 year parts and labor warranty. Not far. Seems pretty expensive for that kind of mileage.

<LI> 94 Chevy 1500 pickup. 72K miles. $1050 with 100 day warranty; $1275 with a 1 year parts/labor warranty. Not far.

<LI> 95 Chevy pickup, 92K miles. $1020 with a limited warranty up to $500 in repairs.
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Now I have the option of getting a new or rebuilt engines as well:

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<LI> New Goodwrench 5.7L TBI, $1700 with shipping. 3 year/50K miles warranty at any GM dealership.

<LI> Jasper rebuilt engine. $2100 with a similar warranty.

<LI> Advanced Auto parts has a Recon rebuilt for $1200 with a core.
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I am inclined to get one of these high-mileage engines if I can get it for 400-500, otherwise it seems like the Goodwrench is the best value.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 02:04 PM
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Honestly dude I would go with the GM Rebuilt LT1. Believe me your going to be much more happy then screwing with someone elses problem. Plus the GM rebuilds have the 3 yr warrenty. Just do it right the first time!! I've been through this kinda thing the hard way too many times!

Hope you can gather some sense from that..

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 02:13 PM
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That no doubt would be the best engine.

I am looking for something more modest. I found a 350TBI from a early 90's police vehicle, with 100,000 miles on it. The price is about $400-500. It probably has more idle time on it (don't know how that affected the engine) but on the other hand, more frequent oil changes.

I had 155,000 on my old motor, so I am getting about 55,000 miles for about $1,000, considering the install price. Hey, I value frugality over performance, although I will always choose a V8.
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 05:14 PM
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Try shopping around more I got a very complete 95 RM LT1 for $550 with 40k on it and a 90 day warranty. Admittedly a good price, a generation one sbc should cost no more.
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 05:52 PM
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What engine do you have in the wagon right now? When I go swap my 305 out of mine, I have a cherry 350 block out of an carbed camaro. All I am going to do is swap out everything off the 305 (top end)to that one except the heads and cam. That way it is still has the stock applications and have better heads and a much cheaper cam upgrade. I am going to upgrade to World Products Sportmans II iron heads and a Comp cam. Hell, I might just make it in to a 383! [img].gif[/img]

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2003, 10:28 PM
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96capriceMGR,

I wish I could use the LT1 but the swap is pretty problematic (there was a thread on that floating around)

ozzy's cappy,

What engine do you have in the wagon right now?

5.7L TBI motor which was optional on wagons, rated at 170 HP I think. Maybe 180 max. I never had any problems with this motor power-wise or mileage. I wanted exact same thing to be honest with you.

But, what I found was a 5.7L 9C1 motor. It is also TBI. I understand that it has different 65# injectors and about 35 more horses. It came out of a 1992 Caprice with the 9C1 package and has 100,000 miles on it. I got an excellent deal on it and if the install goes OK will be pleased. It doesn't look like I should run into any issues. The tranny should handle it.
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