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I am at a decision point. I have a 289 and a 302, unfortunately both smoke quite bad and are in need of top and bottom rebuilds. I am not looking for a performance engine, just a solid daily driver to enjoy.
Any comments about long blocks from the local AutoZone or Schucks that I could install myself, or should I have one of the engines rebuilt by someone else? (I don't want to do a botom end rebuild myself, and finding a reputable person .....).
 

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most long blocks have warranties, and in the small print "MUST BE INSTALLED BY A LISENCED MECHANIC" or the warranty is void. I would go for it if its cheaper and they have them there. Maybe even a discount with a core. They are not hi-po motors, just stock replacements, and should be used as one.

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Good point on the warranty. I will have to look into that since I am not a "licensed mechanic". Longblocks ar $900 to $1600 depending on options and warranty, but if I have to have someone else do the work, it may not be justified.
 

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Have you asked if you could trade your 302 and 289 for a new engine? Out here you can do trades at Kragen. It might bring the cost down. just a thought.
 

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My car came with a parts store short block ($300 in 94 or 95), and reworked stock heads from another parts store. With the edelbrock performer cam, intake and carb it ran really well, handled higher rpm's, until I messed it up with a botched head replacement.
 
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