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5 hours ago, Josh Bayko said:

A spread bore aluminum small block can be had for less than the cost of a big block from certain builders. I mean, sure, if you call Durham or Cornett you’re gonna pay 45-55k but most other places you’re looking at 30-35k for a decent piece. You can get freshened used motors for 25k all day long. 

You could also do open steel blocks. Sure, most everybody would end up with a 430, but there are already some floating around in Deyo land. 

You forget, when you buy a “latemodel” engine you get a engine with a crank trigger and a single belt and pulley system connecting the crank and waterpump seeing how everything is driven off the back of the engine so your not comparing apples to apples when you compare that to a big Block with a full drive on the front of it, the oil pump alone is $1750 plus $2500 for the complete front drive. I have 5 spread bore billet aluminum blocks in stock right now from when we raced latemodels and they were almost 10 grand a piece 

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13 minutes ago, Rebob5 said:

You forget, when you buy a “latemodel” engine you get a engine with a crank trigger and a single belt and pulley system connecting the crank and waterpump seeing how everything is driven off the back of the engine so your not comparing apples to apples when you compare that to a big Block with a full drive on the front of it, the oil pump alone is $1750 plus $2500 for the complete front drive. I have 5 spread bore billet aluminum blocks in stock right now from when we raced latemodels and they were almost 10 grand a piece 

This is all true. A high end aluminum motor is going to be pretty much a wash from what they’re running now, and will require more frequent rebuilds. 

Open steel engines are probably the way to go. Build whatever you want, as long as it has a steel block, a carb and 8 cylinders. Sure, it would almost end up like the early 90s all over again, where you had to have a 400 inch plus small block to be competitive, but if you’re running Deyo stuff, you probably already have one. 

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