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Old 01-09-2019, 01:38 AM   #1
 
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I recently purchased a bare block GEN2 LT1. Plan on taking it to get cleaned up and ready for a 383 N/A build. I've rebuilt a couple SBC's but, with a couple of buddies in a shop or garage. When I told my pops and a few of his "old school" buddies they suggested I build it myself because... that's where all the enjoyment comes from on the first start up. I'm not too worried about the actual assembly (mentally prepared lol). What it is that I'm worried about is where I'll build it. My garage is about 20 mins from my flat. So I'm wondering if anyone has built a GEN2 LT1 that I can reach out to for help here and there? And is it possible to build this motor at my flat on an enclosed porch? Like, to what extent do I build b4 I need to have it at the garage. Or should I just leave it up to a shop? If shop, can anyone recommend someone/where that's knowledgeable of the platform I'll be using?
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i think he means like newer LT1... not gen 2 sbc, but generation 2 of the LT1... maybe?

dunno either way, leave this to a shop
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I'm all for building transmissions, rear-ends, etc at home. Building an engine(bottom end) without quite a bit of specialized tools and skills is a huge PITA and easy to screw up. It's the one main thing I'd want to leave to a pro.
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Has the block been prepped/clearanced? Is the rotating assembly that your going to be using balanced? The gen I shortblock and gen II SBC's are not much different from one another other than the design of the cooling ports and the waterpump being cam driven vs. belt driven. As far as where to build it, just make sure everything that you are assembling is extremely clean as well the environment being clean/dust free and area should be around room temperature. There is a lot to it, attention to detail, propper planning of components and tools are a must to build something that can last or hold serious rpm/abuse without eating itself.
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I understand wanting to build it yourself, however if you want it to run well and last, I also recommend having a shop build it. At least the shortblock anyway. When you're putting the bottom end together, the parts HAVE to be meticulously clean, and building an engine on your porch isn't going to cut it. Once the shop assembles the bottom end into a shortblock, you can do the rest.
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Yes. A gen 2 small block 92-97 LT1. Seems like leaving at least the bottom end to a pro is the way to go. I'm familiar with Golen and and Ellwein motors as well their just not local to Chicago. Any recommendations local? Not many people wasting their time on these motors with 5.3 swaps taking over.
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I would rethink and go LS.
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I'm all for building transmissions, rear-ends, etc at home. Building an engine(bottom end) without quite a bit of specialized tools and skills is a huge PITA and easy to screw up. It's the one main thing I'd want to leave to a pro.
I built 4 engines myself...the first being when I was 16. I don't know what the big deal is if you're careful. Only formal training I had was a family full of gearheads and a pile of hot rod mags
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Yes...and why rebuild? Just get a junkyard LS with lowish miles (50-60K) and slap parts on it. Going to cost way less overall.
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I built 4 engines myself...the first being when I was 16. I don't know what the big deal is if you're careful. Only formal training I had was a family full of gearheads and a pile of hot rod mags
I don't really see the point unless you just want the experience. You have to pay someone to do all of the machining, which is the brunt of the work. May as well just pay them to do the final assembly of the bottom end at that point.
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