Engine Block Shipping

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  1. timw128

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    Hello-
    Anyone have any suggestions for the cheapest, most effective way to ship a bare Chevrolet Small Block engine block across country?...

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    Yes ship it to a Fed/Ex and so on terminal instead of a house then you pick it up.
     
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    Need a good solid crate to bolt it to cover it and seal it, will need to ship it ground frieght will need to go on a truck, going to cost a bit to ship it, unless find a trustworthy hotshot service going the direction it needs to be shipped that could pick it up and haul it.
     
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    Yeah, $200+... that's ridiculous. Block's not worth it.
     
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    Yeah, prices range from $200+ to $600+...that's just ridiculous for a bare block, IMO. Used to find 4 bolt main blocks in the bone yard for $50-$100 before Osambo's 'cash for clunkers' program. Not any more...they've become as rare as hen's teeth.
     
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    Can't you get one close to where you live I'm wondering if you don't mind why do you want that one block?

    I'm wondering if you can have a bus take it to your local terminal?
     
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    Because the block was offered to me, no charge, and it's a 4 bolt main, 010-020 casting- meaning it's a high tin, high nickel piece.

    I live at the center of the automotive industry and small block Chevy engines, blocks, cylinder heads, etc. used to be a dime a dozen at the many salvage yards. The auto salvage facilities were full of them, and good blocks went for as little as $50.
    They simply don't have them anymore.

    GM Performance, Summit, World, etc. offer the SB1 block castings with a minimum .030" overbore- which tells me they are most probably recon blocks. They start at approx. $750.

    Greyhound bus lines has a weight limit of 100 lbs. An engine block exceeds that by 50-60 lbs.
     
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    take a vacation to an area that you find them in, there are still around ny, maybe locate one and take the wife to the finger lakes for a wine tour
     
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    But that 200 plus shipping might be worth it if you clean the block up and build it and resale it. Unless you want the block for yourself. Why I mentioned a hot shot service thats in the area of the block thats traveling your way can pick it up and drop it off or at least get close like say 100 miles then drive to get it.
     

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