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    I just picked up a disassembled 355 for the 65 Nova my brother and are building so I need someone to assemble it. What should I expect to pay? I will have all the parts and all the machining is done.

    On a side note, lets get some opinions on cam/intake /carb selection. We are using a late model 4 bolt block with a stock crank and rods with arp bolts. Everything has been balanced and the oil holes on the crank have been chamfered. It has speed pro flat top pistons and late model 64 cc heads so we are looking at about 10:1. The heads have stainless 1.94 valves with some bowl work and gasket matched ports. I have never built a sbc so I'd like to hear your opinions.

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    If all the machining is done, i am curious why you would not assemble your self. Assuming you have all the torqe specs and a nice set of tools i dont see an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    If all the machining is done, i am curious why you would not assemble your self. Assuming you have all the torqe specs and a nice set of tools i dont see an issue.
    x2....not hard to do & u could use the experience... to know how a motor goes together...there are alot of books out there to guide u in the rite direction! ...1 in particuliar is "How to Hot Rod Small Block Chevys"...it is very informative & covers everything & what i used to put my 1st sbc together...dont be scared...get ur feet wet & trust me, u will see how easy it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by husqy510 View Post
    I just picked up a disassembled 355 for the 65 Nova my brother and are building so I need someone to assemble it. What should I expect to pay? I will have all the parts and all the machining is done...
    I paid $400 to have a BBC long block put together, I considered that a good deal.

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    You guys are absolutely right, we should just build it our self, and I may have a friend help me do just that. My only concern is I would hate to screw something up and I'm going to have a machine shop double check the machining anyways.

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    I get $600 to blueprint assemble a short block with file fit rings and spiral lock pins. Provide a build sheet with measurements and part numbers. . $400 for a stock one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infomaniac View Post
    I get $600 to blueprint assemble a short block with file fit rings and spiral lock pins. Provide a build sheet with measurements and part numbers. . $400 for a stock one.
    Does this come with a free fossil rock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infomaniac View Post
    I get $600 to blueprint assemble a short block with file fit rings and spiral lock pins. Provide a build sheet with measurements and part numbers. . $400 for a stock one.
    Ditto that.
    The reason you might want someone to do it for you is they have the means to check everything the machine shop did. Bearing clearances, block and crank, bore, pistons, gap the rings, and experience. Doing it is one thing...doing it so you don't have to do it again is another....
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcomp View Post
    Ditto that.
    The reason you might want someone to do it for you is they have the means to check everything the machine shop did. Bearing clearances, block and crank, bore, pistons, gap the rings, and experience. Doing it is one thing...doing it so you don't have to do it again is another....
    Yes. I charge 500 to file fit, degree cam, spec sheet, etc. Problem may be...what if the guy who machined it did a piss poor job. If you assemble it,you will not know unless something goes wrong.
    If you brought it to me, and there was something I did not like, you would pay me to do it over. Most guys will be like this.
    Reasoning...any problem that may arise will be blamed on the assembler. Even if he did not machine it. Hell, a guy puts 45 degrees timing in a piece after the machinist tells him to put 36 in it and wonders what went wrong. Of course it is the machine shops fault.
    I am not saying you are like this. It is the business, though.
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    I'll echo what the big boys said here too.

    I've assembled a number of my motors and they've done ok and ran for a long time. With that said, I have neither the specialized tools nor the knowledge to assemble one to the quality that these guys can pull off. For the prices that they're quoting, that seems to be very fair when you start pricing what it would cost to purchase the tools to do the job RIGHT.

    Best of luck with whichever direction you take.........john

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