just a heads up, on buying used engine blocks

Discussion in 'Blocks' started by Grumpy, Jan 11, 2018 at 11:45 AM.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey Staff Member

    I recently had a guy bring me a 396 BBC bare block he wanted me to rebuild for him,
    after using a pressure cleaner and solvent to remove the grease and loose paint ,
    (the block was covered in grease and dirt, and I think it was partly done by the seller to cover the flaws)
    ..... looking over the block and taking several measurements
    ,after cleaning it with a pressure leaner, solvent and a stiff brush,


    http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/t...mpaignId=T9F&gclid=CL3al-3ZqNECFVU6gQodqAQF-g(ABOUT $250 a set)

    (ABOUT $415 a set)

    we found several non-repairable cracks in the main saddle bearing areas, making the block effectively trash....
    and of course the guy selling the block was no where to be found.
    now obviously if your buying a used block at a swap meet or out of some guys pick-up truck bed at a yard sale
    you'll want too either, very carefully inspect the block before hand over cash... or
    ideally you will take it to a local machine shop for a good cleaning and careful inspection,
    and you'll also generally be far less likely to get financially screwed,
    if you purchase a block from a trusted local machine shop or major national vendor,
    like DART, or JEGS, or SUMMIT
    now luckily he had not spent a great deal of cash
    ($100) but yes he was effectively scammed and cheated
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_600025-24212-65 ... Heavy-duty

    that was hardly the first time nor is it likely to be the last time,
    that guys that don,t really know how to look over a block for defects
    (or even some of us that do, that might over look a flaw)
    find we bought used blocks that are effectively trash,
    so yes there are bargains in used parts too be found on occasion,
    but on the whole, paying a bit more up front,
    and buying from a trusted machine shop or national vendor limits,
    your chances of getting screwed on an expensive block ,
    or other major component purchase.




    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018 at 1:51 PM

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