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Old 03-27-2011, 06:20 PM
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im still trying to decide if im going to build my mud truck bigger or get a fox body but either one will be bbf powerd aiming for 500hp. how much should the motor coast. il need the machine shop to do the block but il do the rest. will i need after market heads?
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:16 PM
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If all you want is 500 HP a nice set of D3VE-A2A's should do nicely. Go to the Mad Porters site and see how to port those heads. He charges 25 bucks for the info. It will be worth it. If you can find a nice rebuildable core cheap, use the rods & crank I'm betting you can get it built for $3000 to $3500 on the cheap. Maybe the core will already have the D3's on them. But if you have some doe to spend. Why only 500 HP?
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wow i was thinking $5000. i guse i was thinking it be like a small block and need aftermarket everything. what would 5 grand get me in hp?
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What do you already have? That will really affect final cost. Notice he stated you may be able to get it done on the "cheap" for that price!
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i have nothing but small blocks so im starting from scratch.
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500 dependable hp will be about $5000 if your starting from scratch. You can to do it cheaper if you wait for the right deals and shop around. Starting with a long block with dove heads would be good start.
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500 dependable hp will be about $5000 if your starting from scratch. You can to do it cheaper if you wait for the right deals and shop around. Starting with a long block with dove heads would be good start.
Shopping for good deals is an excellent idea, but D0VE heads aren't required for 500hp, D3VEs will work just fine with the right piston selection.

If you plan to use stock bracketry for your alternator and power steering, etc, it is a good idea to get a complete engine. If you are not planning on a stroker kit, find a 460 as opposed to a 429, simply due to better piston selections available. Read here and become informed, make a plan and stick to it, don't buy stuff just because it is cheap. Legit deals are out there, but make sure that your purchases all work together to get to your goals.

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I didnt intend that D0VEs are mandatory but another option since D3s where already mentioned.
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I'm building a 500hp motor and almost done parts searching. Knockin on the door of 5k. It could have been done for less but I'm also picky about what and from where or whom I buy my parts from.
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If all you want is 500 HP a nice set of D3VE-A2A's should do nicely. Go to the Mad Porters site and see how to port those heads. He charges 25 bucks for the info. It will be worth it. If you can find a nice rebuildable core cheap, use the rods & crank I'm betting you can get it built for $3000 to $3500 on the cheap. Maybe the core will already have the D3's on them. But if you have some doe to spend. Why only 500 HP?
I think he had a slight increase in the price... it's about $29.95 now.
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If you don't mind grinding iron on exhaust ports for 60 hours and can find reasonable machine shop rates then it can be done for around 3500.00 or so. When I did mine I already had a good running core though. Main thing is making whatever heads you use flow well on the exhaust side and making minor improvements to the intake side. Get a subscription from http://www.reincarnation-automotive.com/ to learn about these things. He also does porting work, and sells improved castings too. I studied the site for years before I had the time and money to do mine, and it paid off big for me. With the porting work in place, you can make your 500 hp but the engine will be able to support alot more if needed. don't overlook the important things like the distributor curve. Good luck with it!!
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i am not gonna knock the guys that work on iron heads or have had luck using them. however, i do not regret getting alum heads. they flow well out of the box, aid in detonation control, come with decent spring package, decent size valves, weigh less, and more importantly are a no brainer. to me good heads are the starting point and is the one place not to be a cheap ***. bobn
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look at ford racing 460 550hp that the kind of parts it will take. 500 real hp will go 10.50 in #3000 car it more than you think
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cost is releative to what you can do what you buy and what you have done,
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I'm building a 500hp motor and almost done parts searching. Knockin on the door of 5k. It could have been done for less but I'm also picky about what and from where or whom I buy my parts from.
Hell, I've got 6 grand in my heads alone.
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