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    I just picked up two buildable standard bore 454 cores last week, for $150. One block came with the the cast crank flat top pistons and rods still in it, the other came with the flat top pistons and rods sitting in the bores.
    My Question, is it worth keeping the rods and pistons or sending them to the scrap meatal bin. The crank is toast, as well as the #1 and #2 rods due to spun rod bearings, but the other 6 are ok. The other set, the pistons have alot of carbon build up , but the rods look ok. Just wanting to know if they are worth keeping for a rebuild or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    I just picked up two buildable standard bore 454 cores last week, for $150. One block came with the the cast crank flat top pistons and rods still in it, the other came with the flat top pistons and rods sitting in the bores.
    My Question, is it worth keeping the rods and pistons or sending them to the scrap meatal bin. The crank is toast, as well as the #1 and #2 rods due to spun rod bearings, but the other 6 are ok. The other set, the pistons have alot of carbon build up , but the rods look ok. Just wanting to know if they are worth keeping for a rebuild or not.
    Even if you are building a very mild engine, you can buy I beam rods for almost as cheap as reconditioning the old rods by the time they are magged, new bolts installed and resized. If they were stock, production engines the pistons are cast and not suitable for a performance build.

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    2 long blocks for a $150 is a hell of a deal , If everything mags and checks out on the blocks alone , you got a great deal

    Like obnoxious001 said scrap the rods and piston , This day and age , Its cheaper to buy after market and nothing wrong with that cast crank
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