440 block- current prices

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  1. Moms68

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    I've been looking for a 440 block and crank to start an engine build. I've been in the market for only a few months, and since my area is southern New England, prices seem to be higher within my search of 100 miles of CT. I've read about members finding blocks or complete engines for a few hundred bucks but all the stuff I see runs 800+. I'm not sure if that's just a regional thing.

    I have a lead on a '69 block/ crank/ heads/ accessories which the owner claims to be a std. bore. Even though my car is a '68 I don't mind the '69 motor as long as it's legit, no issues. His price seems to be negotiable.

    I talked to another guy that had a complete '68 440 HP motor which he sold the same day for 1800.00. I wouldn't have paid that much anyway.

    My dilemma is do I hold out for a better deal, or do you guys think this what the market is bearing these days? I'm not in a hurry so I will also put out a request on the parts wanted page.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Ghostrider 67

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    If you had put up your WTB ad last week I would have sold you mine. 1973 +0.030 , forged crank. It's at the machine shop now, getting built.
     
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    • 64fury74charger

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      Prices for mopar engines seem to have been going up and part of the problem is some sellers are trying to squeeze out every dollar for what was considered dead weight not long ago.

      The way classic cars have stayed strong has drawn out some of the bottom feeders. Closing of many wrecking yards has really hurt as well. Sad to see things going down hill.
       
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        Gave 400 plus shipping for a stock 383. Cost was around 800 when said and done at my house. Then too my engine man. 5000 for rebuild of the motor. I bought the oil pump and water pump as well the oil pan. Also some nuts and bolts. Also the Harmonic balancer. It just seems to go on an on. So 1800 might have been a pretty good price for a stock block with part's.
         
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        I sell bare blocks for $500 each. Tanked and sonic checked. That seems to be an okay price in OR. Prices in VT could be a lot more.
         
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        • Nate S

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          Keep looking, they are around. I’m probably 1/2 hour from you and scooped a complete ‘70 440 last summer for $150. Another option is get a 413 and either leave it alone or stroke it, got one of those complete from air cleaner to oil pan with tranny still on it last year for $700.
           
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          Do not discount the later 70s blocks , motor home engines ect.
          Most are low mile and clean good place to start from.
           
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          • monaco66coupe

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            it is like everything else, they are for sale cheap until you need one.
            Unfortunately the 66-71 forged crank 440 engines are not made any more, so what is out there is it. I quit selling them,,,,,
             
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            • monaco66coupe

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              in 2011 I owned a 70 challenger R/T that needed restored,,, The engine was weak among other issues. so, I sold it.no big deal, right. one month later I purchased a beautiful 66 coronet that had a fresh new 1970 440 six barrel engine in it, complete running driving car.
              People are to never look back. HA! I looked back for a long time, that was one time that if not for bad luck, I would have had no luck at all. Oh well,,,,point is I learned to not sell engines that may have a car come by, or conversely.Lol
               
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              I feel your pain, and have been guilty of holding on to things way longer than I should but I did sell a ‘64 Impala convertible years ago as well as a real ‘68 Chevelle SS. Like you say, you can’t look back. We’re fortunate to have the cars we have. Thanks.
               
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              Most are asking stupid prices these days. As more and more people keep swapping over to Gen III Hemi's. The prices will come back down eventually. Most seem from $1200.00-$2500.00 on average around here. I saw one a guy claimed was an original six pack for $10,000.00. That is just nuts. It is just another ole 440 without the rest of the original car to me.
               
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                Condition is everything,if it really doesn't matter what the date code is there are plenty of 440s out there. I bought a complete and running 440 with a 727 for $1000. Good bones to start to build it the way you want to.
                 
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                I drove home this Dodge motorhome with a 440 that I bought for $500.00. Some deals are still out there. Parted it out for the cab parts, stove, sink, fridge, windows etc for about $1200.00 in parts and kept the complete 440 & 727. So, I made $700.00 and engine & trans were free. Just alot of labor.

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                  Like above, look for a dead RV. Or a land yacht. You don't need to focus on muscle cars to get a donor. And in the new Mopar Action they dispelled the myth of block year desirability. AndyF had a hand in that.
                   
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                    In the past 5 yrs I’ve seen two late ‘70’s NY’ers go the crusher with their 440s still in place.
                     
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                    • Ghostrider 67

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                      A man with a will could make a nice nest egg by hitting an old junkyard and pulling every 440 he can find.
                       
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                      • 6PKRTSE

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                        None left in any yards here in the Motor City.
                         
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                        • Ghostrider 67

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                          Bummer. There's quite a few motor homes around here with them in.
                           
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                          My machinist guy is not a Mopar specialist but has seen a variety of engines over the years. When I brought him my 383 last year, he said that it was one of the hardest blocks that he had seen. The boring machine had to be shut off to cool down after each cylinder.
                           
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