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Old 01-30-2014, 10:51 PM   #1
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Motor swap?????

I got a built 5.0 to drop in my 1994 gt and have not had the time to do it myself so i was wondering how much would it cost to pay someone to do the swap?

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There could be a lot of labor involved. Figure between 500-1K depending on time and assuming nothing is getting swapped from one engine to the other.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:21 PM   #3
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That's an easy one weekend job if your just swapping engines. . Just save your money and do it yourself. But if parts needs swapped out from one engine to another add another day at least as long as you have everything on hand.
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Pulling a motor out of a 5.0 and putting it back in with a buddy and a cherry picker is a 1 day job if you've done it before. 2 if you haven't.

I generally pull the entire engine/trans out as 1 piece with the hood removed. Much easier IMO but some ppl like to lift the unibody off the K-member and just wheel the whole thing out. YMMV.

Paying a shop to do it... whatever their labor is per hour multiplied by whatever the book says as far as time. I can't see it being any less than $1k-$1500.
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Pulling a motor out of a 5.0 and putting it back in with a buddy and a cherry picker is a 1 day job if you've done it before. 2 if you haven't.

I generally pull the entire engine/trans out as 1 piece with the hood removed. Much easier IMO but some ppl like to lift the unibody off the K-member and just wheel the whole thing out. YMMV.

Paying a shop to do it... whatever their labor is per hour multiplied by whatever the book says as far as time. I can't see it being any less than $1k-$1500.
Agreed! I've always done mine 100% by myself, on gravel driveways none the less. Not very easy to move a cherry picker around on gravel!! I always pulled the engine out desperate from the trans. Its hard to pull out as a whole into by yourself.

Most mechanism shops charge about 75$ per hour for labor. At least that's the price here for the most part. And at a shop I would figure no less than 24 actual hours start to finish. Not counting parts they find that they will call bad and try to sell you new ones. Just be careful with shops. I personally do not trust them and have never once taken my car to a shop. If I had the equipment I would even change my own tires...lol.
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Thank you all for the info. If its gonna cost that much I think ill just wait till I have the time and do it myself lol

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Agreed! I've always done mine 100% by myself, on gravel driveways none the less. Not very easy to move a cherry picker around on gravel!! I always pulled the engine out desperate from the trans. Its hard to pull out as a whole into by yourself.

Most mechanism shops charge about 75$ per hour for labor. At least that's the price here for the most part. And at a shop I would figure no less than 24 actual hours start to finish. Not counting parts they find that they will call bad and try to sell you new ones. Just be careful with shops. I personally do not trust them and have never once taken my car to a shop. If I had the equipment I would even change my own tires...lol.
I need to learn the mounting/balancing machine at the base auto shop. Probably should just take an old **** tire and rim there and practice, they only charge like $3.50 an hour to use it.

I also do not trust shops with a very few exceptions. There are a few trans builders I know are good and one or two speed shops locally but an actual mechanic to just fix ****? No.
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