I'm a tinkerer at heart. Combine that with my passion for cars, especially Mustangs, and you get a strong desire to build up an engine for the fun of it. If you couldn't guess, I would want to build a Ford small block.
Long story short, my wife actually brought up the idea of me getting a used / salvage engine to rebuild and clean up for fun. I had always wanted to do it, but I never thought I would get the OK from her without having a project car for it to go into. So when she suggested it as something that I could do, I was pretty excited. I pitched the idea of rebuilding a used or salvage yard engine, cleaning it up, and then selling it again to try and at lest brake even on the project. Maybe I would be lucky enough to make a little bit off of it, but that wouldn't really be the goal.
My plan is to rebuild the engine-reusing as much as possible to keep the costs down. Also, I'm thinking it might be easier to sell a refreshed engine, rather then an extreme high performance engine. Like I said above, my overall goal would be to brake even on the engine. I would love to make a little bit of money from my efforts with it, but that is just dreaming.
Are there any tips as for what I should look for in an engine. I'm wanting to go with a 302 or maybe a 351W. I think a big block would be harder to find, and it would cost a lot more. Correct me if I am wrong, but sticking with a carb engine seems like it might be easier and cheaper then dealing with a fuel injected engine. Although, I don't know if it would be harder sell if it isn't fuel injected.
Another question that I am a little embarrassed to ask... how do I go about finding an engine. I've never done the whole salvage yard search, so I'm not sure exactly how they operate. Do I go to a you pick and pull yard and walk around looking for a vehicle with the engine in it that I want? If I find that, do I have to pull it out, or will the yard pull it? Do salvage yards have engines already pulled that I can browse? sorry for such a newb question
Other then salvage yards, there is always craiglsist, ebay, etc.
Anyone else done this kind of a project. Any other tips or advice for me?
Thanks for the help.
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