View Full Version : Engine rebuild or engine swap - what's cheaper?

09-03-2003, 03:09 AM
I've been debating on either rebuilding the motor, or replacing the longblock. The current motor has a bad 'rattle' type knock, and has been getting worse over time.

I'm just trying to figure which route would be cheaper.

09-03-2003, 09:40 AM
I would say if you haul in your motor and have a shop do all the machine and assembly work it'll be more expensive. Most of those long blocks are done production style so they save on labor but you may give up something on precision.

Personally the motors I've rebuilt I have the machine work done and do all the assembly myself. That's usually cheaper but you don't get a warranty on the assembly like you do a long block.

There's a trade off so weigh the options, decide how much you think you can do and whether or not you want a warranty.

09-03-2003, 12:53 PM
If this helps, I had my short block (block, crank, cam, new pistons) and heads rebuilt by a machine shop. All of the rest I did myself. Total cost was about $1300 including gaskets, paint, supplies and a clutch set. Cheapest engine I could find at a parts store was about $1500.