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Never built a car motor before, but as for bike motors, they are considered "fresh" when the following is done:
Piston rings or pistons and rings
Cylinder hone or bore
valve guides (if sloppy)
valve lapping (edit)
timing chain (edit)
If I'm forgetting something, I'll add it as soon as I remember.
Oh yeah, we used to clean and then lap valves in order to restore a fresh valve seal. This was done often. Less often, on some motors, valves had to be replaced. This was mostly due to carbs being set lean--people like to change their exhausts/air filters and not bother to re-jet. At any rate, this should give you a rough idea about rebuilding motors in general.
Red CA 1988 GT
BBK 1.5" lowering springs
Some guages and junk.
I dont plan on doing a performance rebuild...going to keep the stock 302 bore. I may throw a cam, headers and heads on it while the motor is out, but that's about it. How much am I looking at? I want completely driveability as it'll be my daily driver.
Heres the thing, for ex: if you got a set of AFR 165's or 185's they will cost you 1250+ BUT there are also many other good heads out there that arent that much money. You can also look into used heads.... theres always someone out there who buys stuff and doesnt install it or installs it for a few months and takes them off. Look for deals and I am sure you can find a really nice head for 600-700 dollars. Also, a cam w/ stock heads is kind of pointless. You can do it but wont see much gain.
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