Keep Original Motor?

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  1. jsksystem

    jsksystem New Member

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    I replaced the original 350 in my '79 Z28 and wondering if I should hang on to it. It was a very tired motor with 120K and needs at least a ring job. The rest of the drivetrain is original.
     
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    tom3 Veteran Member

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    If space is not short I'd hang on to it. Not a lot of value in it for resale anyway and you might get the urge to go back to original.
     
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    That is what I would also do as well
     
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    Keep it.
     
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    Definitely keep it; hopefully you have the room.
     
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    I just bought a very original numbers matching 1980 Z28 four speed. Instead of building that motor, I am pulling it all out and putting it in the corner. Nothing is wrong with it just easier to drop it back in if I want to go back to original. Planning on a 383. I would have done it sooner but life got in the way. I built the same motor about 7 years ago so I have the parts list and have done all the research.
     
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    It works well that way because you can "beat on" the replacement engine without harming the original one.
     

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