View Poll Results: How much did you spent on your T-Bird SC engine rebuilt?

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  • Less than $400

    4 5.97%
  • $400 to $600

    3 4.48%
  • $600 to $800

    3 4.48%
  • 800 to $1000

    1 1.49%
  • $1000 to $1200

    2 2.99%
  • Over $1200

    55 82.09%
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Thread: How much did you spent on your rebuilt?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    How much did you spent on your rebuilt?

    Please tell how much you spent doing a engine rebuilt on you 3.8SC. Please add a post with whether it was a upper, lower, or complete rebuilt and what brand parts you used? This will help SC owners get a feel of what it will cost to do a rebuilt. Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    New Orleans, LA
    thats really not cool, i hate to say it but i must have spent about 3 grand to do a 351w and 5spd swap in my 92. That didn't include any engine work just the cost for the swap. And what sucks most is that a majority of it was used parts.

    But... you may want to make the poll more specific... a factory spec rebuild and a performance orientated rebuild with head work and all is going to cost a lot more.

    But to put everything into perspective...

    Figure about a grand for a full bottom end rebuild with new rings, seals, bearings, bore, hone, gaskets, bolts, resurface, mic'd, magnaflux, hot tank, etc...

    Figure about $350 for machine work alone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    St Louis MO
    you need to have higher numbers than $1,200.......what can you do for less than $1,200

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Factory rebuilt

    When I made this poll I was think about a factory rebuild. I guess I will make another poll.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    $1200 didn't even cover the parts, including rods and pistons. Just the machining and assembly was over $1500.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Lakeville, MN
    Well Over 1200. Rods and pistons were around $700 (cheaper prices 4 years ago). Machine shop supplied rings and bearings, oil pump plus did all the machine work on the block, balanced the rotating assembly and pressure checked the heads. That bill was around $900.

    Figure $400 for misc stuff I purchased to do the assembly myself. (including lifters, water pump, ring compressor, blah..blah..blah)

    Heads (stud mount adjustable rockers), CAM, Chip, MAF, around $2400

    BHJ balancer $$$

    Oh yeah, injectors.. $200 or so.

    Figure a couple hundred for ARP fasteners of appropriate type, and you can see, a performance build up is expensive.

    If you just want a factory rebuild. Figure $800 for the machine shop work. around $40 each for the pistons, rods you can get freshened up, or try to find some 94/95 NOS rods.(good luck). $200 or so for gasket sets. $200 or so for main and rod bearings. I think you'd likely be over $1200, but maybe not too far.
    Last edited by Mike8675309; 10-21-2008 at 10:08 AM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Va. Beach,Va.
    I probably have $9000 in the motor with all of the bolt-ons included.........................

    Everything in and on the motor are new parts.................
    Last edited by nickleman60; 10-21-2008 at 09:37 PM.
    SCCOA Member #2406
    '94 SC AUTO - 2.3 Whipple
    '90 SC AUTO - Bone Stock

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    I did my own.

    $145 - Reman Atlanta Crankshaft
    $300 - Machine Work (bored, vatted, new pistons sized and pressed, ring gap set, new freeze plugs, cam bearings installed)
    $550 - Pistons, Rings, Bearings (rod, main and cam), gaskets, oil pump repair kit, new plugs, supplies, etc

    I think that's about it that I can remember, but add 15-20%.

    About $1100 if you squeeze your cheeks together at the parts store.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    St. Charles, MO
    Performance rebuilds are usually between $6K and $8K.

    Stuff like H beam forged rods, custom forged pistons, upgraded rings, ported heads with bigger valves, bigger cam, upgraded valvetrain, timing sets, oil pump, lifters, machine work on crank and block, up real quick.

    1991 SC AOD 4.2..2.3 Whipple..........10.910 @ 125.61
    2016 SRT Challenger Hellcat.............750 rwhp 720 rwtq

    My Garage

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    P-Town, MN
    I'm with David N.
    It's only impossible until we do it.

    22-year SC owner - '93 SC AOD (non-locking TC). Same car, same original paint!
    Current setup: 12.550 @ 111.09, 1.917 60ft, no bottle.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Williamsport, PA
    How about just a built short block if you already have heads, cam, oil pump, timing set, bhj, plus all bolt-ons?? Just the h-beams, pistons, rings, bearings, and machining and assembly.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Yup, those prices I mentioned were just for the bottom end. Already had ported heads, cam, BHJ, etc. New... H-beam rods, forged pistons, bearings, .030 over, balancing and crank machining. I did not include the price for removing and replacing the engine and all the fiddly bits like fluids. Unfortunately, my car broke hundreds of miles, and another country from home, so I wasn't able to any of the work myself. Add another 2K for that.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Eastern (nee Western) PA
    I think, if you want a high-quality rebuild with a few improvements over stock, you should be budgeting $2,000. Not really that bad considering that most factory crate motors are in the $4,000 range.
    God bless!!!

    Former Birds:
    1990 SC auto ... red outside, gray cloth inside ... ~225,000 miles ... Sold.
    1990 SC auto ... white outside, gray cloth inside ... ~150,000 miles ... wrecked.
    1989 Base auto ... Crystal Blue metallic outside, dark blue inside ... ~160,000 miles ... Sold.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Nor Cal
    Probably around $2000 spent for my "stock" rebuild. Crankshaft welded and polished, straighten out rods, bore block .020, new bearings, stock type pistons, rings, gaskets, etc etc .. mostly Clevite, Sealed power, Fel Pro cleaned up the heads and cut seats and valves, no porting work.

    All of that was around $1400, then I went ahead with the ARP heads studs, BHJ balancer, and when I first fired up the engine, the water pump went bad .. so thats where the extra cost came from on top of the rebuild.

    Nothing special, not wanting to build for power, I only want the engine to last.

    - Dan

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    palmdale ca
    ive got over 3 gs in just the lowerend and 1500 in heads and its still not put togethere yet.. and over 3000 in porting supercharger and rebulit with new rotors and new plunum and return plunum opened up 3/4 inch and matched intake manifold..just a lil money not much lol

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