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Old 08-15-2012, 12:08 AM   #1
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rebuilding my 289

Ive tore down my motor to bare block and need to get it machined and was wondering what i needed to get done and how much it might cost, for a street machine, i want to get some good power out of it plus be able to drive it distance without it being a gas sucker, ha if that's even possible right. But i definitely want it to get up and go when i punch it!
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
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Check the bore and see if has any scoring on the cylinder walls if it dosent send it out and get the head done and have the crank polished along with a good hone job but if it's scored you need to bore it, it's probably .30 over so go to .40 over that's what I did and if you do need to bore it out itl cost like $850 and if you live near hacketstown NJ I know a great machinest that'll do it for ya
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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You can get good gains alone by having some head work done to it
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:26 AM   #4
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Consider having a performance camshaft installed during your rebuild since you have it apart. Do some research on making it a stroker engine. See if that's your taste. It isn't something you can really reconsider once putting your engine back together. Id also consider matching new heads to your cam shaft , then get performance intake, and a performance carb on top of it. Make it breath right, then fire those plugs hotter and faster in better time with an electronic ignition system. Take some time doing research on all of those, see how they compliment each other, then figure out what you can spend.

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I've just recently educated myself on most of this stuff, and I'm having a shop build my engine as we speak. I'm having my stock 289 heads ported. And I'm having my block bored 60 over. It's already at 40. My mechanic is putting a camshaft in for me also. I have an old torker performance intake that I'll probably swap out for something newer. And I'll likely install a new carb.
I don't yet have a new distributor but it's certainly on the list. Let us know what you decide to go with
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:52 AM   #5
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I just built my 289 and I got a nice set up from comp cams mine is a also a daily driver and she has the power when I want it. I was able to do the machining myself luckily but look into Comp Cams sets has most everything you need or want all forged stuff nice and they are nice people willing to work with ya a bit
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