454 big block engine. What's it worth?
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454 big block engine. What's it worth?

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    Default 454 big block engine. What's it worth?

    I am an outboard guy so I need a little help here.. I have an old boat that I inherited that the restoration process had just begun on. All that had been done so far is the engine, so it is really the only thing of any significant value. The old boat is in working condition, however. The engine is a 454 chevy big block that was completely rebuilt by MER Performance Marine in Little River, SC. The block was bored and decked. The rotating assembly was balanced. All of the internal parts are new and include roller cam and lifters, Crane Gold rockers, new pistons, timing set, push rods, valves, etc. This is a naturally aspirated high performance engine that was dyno'd at 463 hp and 535 ft-lbs of torque. It is complete with exhaust manifolds, high rise aluminum intake, aluminum valve covers, Holley 850 carb, water cooled oil cooler, remote oil filter, etc. and ready to run. It has less than 50 hours on it. What is this power plant worth??? Let me know if any questions and I appreciate any knowledgeable feedback.

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    Could be a pretty wide range depending on what SPECIFIC internals were used. Verifying the internals with brands and part numbers is a good starting point otherwise everyone will assume it was rebuilt with junk and the numbers are fictitious. That makes it a $400 engine IF the block isn't obviously cracked. If everything can be verified with receipts, pics and part#s, could be worth a lot more. A decent rebuild with run close to 2K. A professional shop may run into several thousand more. Pics say a lot and often show much more detail and even some inkling into what's inside by what was purchased for outside.

    I could always use a spare, What are you looking to get for it? ;-)

    Best regards,

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    I have most of the specs, including some of the specifics. I also have all of the receipts from the machine shop. The motor is installed and running in an old boat right now. I take it out occasionally just to warm it up and exercise it. It looks and sounds great! I can get you all of the details. Logistics could be an issue. Where are you located?

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