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What's it worth? SBC 350..

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mojodaddy originals, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. I am looking into buying a 350 SBC for my '54 Bel Air to replace my tired 235. My buddy just pulled a "well used" 350 out of his late 70's Trans Am project. I don't know exactly which type of SBC it is or what it originally came out of. I know that it does run but it could use some serious TLC and a good rebuild. It also has a 350 auto Tranny along with it, which probably could also use a rebuild. I think it may also have a Holley carb. not sure which one though? He's asking $500.00 for everything as is. Since I am new to this hobby and need TONS of you guys think it's worth $500??
  2. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,488

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Is it a 350 Chevy or a 350 Pontiac?
  3. DE SOTO
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,857


    I traded a Complete 400 S/B Chev with an edelbrock manifold, Roller rockers, Mild cam, & some chrome for a Dropped axle :D

    Just couldnt even stand the thought of a S/B Chevy in my parts pile.
  4. VoodooBlade
    Joined: Feb 4, 2008
    Posts: 43


    The timing cover will tell you if its B.O.P. (Buick, Olds, Pontiac) or Chevrolet.

  5. Razorshotrods
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 346

    from Phoenix

    Not worth $500 if it needs to be gone thru, my body just bought a 1969 pontaic 400 that runs well for $250.00. Just my 2 cents tho...
  6. 53sled
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 5,818

    from KCMO

    you can buy a used chevy truck, caprice, etc for that and know it runs/shifts good. $500 is a fair price, IF complete and in decent shape.
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,459


    Should be able to get a good runner that does not need to be rebuilt for $500
  8. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,041


    Needing rebuilds? Hell no.

    I just found a GOOD running SBC with 350 tranny here for 300$. Hear it run in the truck no rebuild necessary. I think you could do better.
  9. oldguy829
    Joined: Sep 19, 2005
    Posts: 376


    Sounds more like a brother in law, than a buddy.
  10. kustomizingkid
    Joined: Sep 6, 2008
    Posts: 225


    We bought an 88 Chevrolet half ton 2wd for $500... pulled the running motor and trans out, sold the wheels and tires for $150, and scrapped the body for $200...
  11. upzndownz
    Joined: May 26, 2006
    Posts: 297


    $150 core value
  12. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,459


    the only running SBC I have right now is the 350 in our FREE 1987 suburban....but it's too nice to part out
  13. It's a Chevy 350..that someone dropped in the T/A back in the 70's..I know it ran when he had it in the car..but it def. needs work because it was leaking oil and some tranny fluid..I didn't know if it would be worth the money spent if I had to re-work the whole package. Sounds like the majority vote is a big NO!! Thanks for the advice guys! In your opinion how should I go about finding a good 350/350 combo..I honestly don't want to go buy a crate motor that's already done..they're OK but they just seem to have no soul to them..
  14. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    150 core on the motor 50 to 75 core on the trans if running different story .
  15. I can go to the local you-pull-it and get turning over 350s all day for $150 or so, the trans another $100. The only problem there is you can't see them run first, but if you have one out of the car you may as well go through and do an oil pump, timing set, and whatever other gaskets will be a pain in the ass to change on the car, and check it out for potential problems.

    For $500 4 years ago I bought a 56,000 mile '89 Suburban that I have driven the crap out of, though. And I've been to auctions more recently, I've seen running Chevy V8 stuff sell just as cheap. I don't think I'd pay $500 for a high milage motor that needs a rebuild, even one as cheap to rebuild as a 350 is.
  16. tbill
    Joined: Oct 21, 2007
    Posts: 303

    from central ny

    too much, my kid bought a running sbc at a local pick and pull for $160.
  17. whid
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 452


    i'm kinda with everybody else think you can do better.i bought a runner yrs ago for $175.00 and did as rustynewyorker timing set,oil pump and a rear main while out.just cheap insurance......................dave
  18. Too much for a generic small block. If you knew for sure that it had four bolt mains and a forged crank and better than usual heads, it might be worth almost that. But it's probably just a usual ordinary small block that are a dime a dozen.
  19. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,465


    Hope your brother in law is a damn sight better than mine....
  20. sinful_customs
    Joined: Oct 3, 2008
    Posts: 8

    from Raleigh,NC

    There's nothing special about a 350, I see them on craigslist all day long with tranny's for under 300, and if it's pontiac, it's worth less, if you can get me the casting number I'll tell you exactly what it is, including heads, est HP, and if it's worth the trouble, just for a reference, I payed 400 for a built olds 425 with 550 HP
  21. Big Mac
    Joined: Sep 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,567

    Big Mac
    1. Utah HAMBers

    If it's a 350 sbc you're wanting, just keep an eye out. You can find them for free sometimes now days. Especially if it needs a rebuild. Not exactly hard to find collectors items....:D I love them though. That's whats going in my '54 as we speak. Good reliable motors. Not so HAMB friendly, but you have to take the bad with the good.... (Actually, I think if you could find the REAL story, lots of HAMBers probably have SBC's in their cars but just won't admit it!)
  22. Thanks for all the input guys, I thought when he mentioned it that his price seemed too high..I always trust the advice given here so that's why I asked. I'm definately going to look elsewhere for a motor and tranny. Sounds like I need to venture to a Pick and Pull yard..
  23. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,896


    $150 with the trans if it needs rebuilt
  24. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,929

    from Indy

    make sure it's a 350. there's a guy on here who sold a 350 but it was really a 307 and he wouldn't make it right
  25. Johnny1290
    Joined: Apr 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,834


    I sold a complete carb to pan SBC for $350 to a hamber, including starter/alt and a nice edelbrock(rebuilt), no leaks, HEI, ran fine

    that engine you're describing sounds like a core

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