Every body has suggestion's on spending your money!!If the engine run's good why not just fix the leak.My question is when you had pan off,why you did not replace the rear main seal while you were that close ,???Or was it a circular rear main engine???
It is an 84 305,most likely an LG4,therefore a 2pc. seal motor.The adv. hp.was about 160.The L-30 is the 96-2001 305 engine with a power rating of 230 as installed in the vehicles.You can expect about 15 more hp with headers,and about 20 more ft.lbs of torque.This package will be worth nearly 100 hp. improvement over the current package when the LG4 was new.
Sorry Bob. The difference in the L30 & L31 is the L30 is a 305 & the L31 is a 350.
Like Dave said above, I have seen some quality control problems from GM crate motors in the last few years. Still I think it's better than or at least as good as the quality control from any other rebuilder out there. I think all of the small block crate motors GM sells now are brand new and not rebuilds. I could be wrong about that, but I can check tomorrow.
IF you were to have an issue, GM will cover the parts and labor to make it right......and that's not just at the place you bought it from, but at ANY GM dealership. Getting an engine warranty covered from ATK, Blueprint, Jasper, etc. can be a nightmare not only for the owner, but for the parts store you buy it from too.
The main reason I recommended checking with your local dealer was to see if they could match Summit's pricing for you. That way you could avoid the shipping charge from Summit.
To add another point to consider: (You can thank me later Bob.)
While Summit will probably charge you the $99 oversize fee, since they are out of state for you then you won't have to pay sales tax. That would cover most of that oversize charge and may make it worthwhile to just buy from them. I didn't think about that earlier.
Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the first one and keep things on the simpler side. I can avoid having to buy a lot of parts that the other 2 engines would need.
As for Summit, it says completely free shipping. The only thing I'm not sure of is how this is delivered. A lift gate would be needed so I don't have to go out on a busy street with my engine crane. I might have to pay extra for that. (will check on that)
Do a compression check on what you have, if its good, fix the leak. If you knows its been working good and it does the job, you won't be changing a bunch of other stuff, like buying flywheels, fuel pumps, water pumps, distributor, who knows what else.
Well I emailed Summit and Jegs about the delivery method so we'll see what they say. Jegs mentioned "to your door" so I assume that would be residential delivery. I just need to know about the lift gate yet.
Jegs mentioned that these are new and not rebuilt units.
I might check with the local Chevy dealer but I doubt they'll sell it for this price. It would be great to just drive 5 miles and have it loaded into my pickup.