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OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: February 08, 2019 08:40AM

I found out that someone I know paid 1800 labor to swap the engine in an Avalanche. He supplied a junk yard replacement engine. It appears if you never change the oil those LS motors don't run forever. I was thinking this sounds a bit high but I'm out of touch, rarely pay anyone to do work for me.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: February 08, 2019 08:44AM

18 hours @ $100.00 an hour = $1800.00.
Sounds about right.

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: Kyle_in_Mich ()
Date: February 08, 2019 08:53AM

That's just under three days at a respectable shop rate. Seems honest to me, consider I would want it done right, not done fast.

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: thumper477 ()
Date: February 08, 2019 09:23AM

We do a lot of engine swaps in our shop.We try to insure while we are doing the work that the vehicle will not come back on a tow truck after a few days.To do so,things like thermostats,water pumps,belts,hoses,maybe radiator are checked and replaced as needed.In many cases the ac system will have to be discharged and refrigerant stored in a 3,000+ dollar ac machine.Spark plugs,wires,cap and rotor are also usually replaced too.Sometimes on junkyard engines there are parts that have to be swapped from the old motor to the new one.(oil pans,valve covers brackets,intake or exhaust manifolds,flywheels etc)This all adds time and money to the bill.Most good shops charge 80-110 per hour.Good shops guarantee their work too and are insured.The old adage applies here..you get what you pay for.

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: February 08, 2019 10:11AM

Back in the 70's I used to charge $100. so now that would be about right.

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: Wagon Master ()
Date: February 08, 2019 11:05AM

18 hours @ $5.55 an hour = $100.00
In 1970 that sounds about right.

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Date: February 08, 2019 11:25AM

Alldata shows 12hrs for a straight swap without transferring parts. Honestly, that seems a bit high. In NJ average labor rate is 120$ an hour. I don't know what it is near you.

I agree with thumper, there will be low ball prices, but at what cost?

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: February 08, 2019 12:52PM

It seems to me that anyone being frugal to the point of being cheap, or being dumb enough to neglect oil changes deserves to pay up eventually.

If someone were to pay $50.00 for an oil change, they would only need to skip 36 oil changes.
If the interval was 5,000 miles, that would be around 180,000 miles.
Figure 15,000 miles as an average per year, it would take 12 years.

Figure in the cost of the replacement engine and other necessary parts to do the job and one could argue that regular oil changes are probably worth the cost.

I think I will continue to change the oil in my vehicles on a regular basis.grinning smiley

1962 95 F.C. Van
1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: didget69 ()
Date: February 08, 2019 01:00PM

YMMV.

Some junkyards.... Err... 'automobile reclamation facilities' - offer engines that are questionable in regards to their prior maintenance.

- can o' worms...

bnc

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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 08, 2019 02:34PM

Haven't done it in decades.... but used to..

Buy the used engine and have them put it in! Now you were covered for 90 days!





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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: February 08, 2019 07:48PM

All the explanations make sense, I don't work in the industry, I remember replacing a 305 with a new GM 350, I also installed a new intake carb and distributor on the 350, I know I did it in a weekend, guessing about 10 hours working in the yard, I don't consider myself a mechanic so I would expect someone with tools and skill should be faster. I agree, I'll continue changing oil too.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: OT, for a modern engine swap?
Date: February 09, 2019 02:04AM

Can't. Resist.
Topic header: Is 1800 too much to pay...?

Call 1-800 TOO MUCH - to find out if you've been had. <-"that's a joke, son" smoking smiley


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Re: OT, Is 1800 too much to pay for a modern engine swap?
Posted by: vairchet ()
Date: February 09, 2019 11:12AM

Just think, at one time, I used to do this type of work for a couple hundred bucks or less (or free with help from friends). Actually enjoyed working on stuff for others until a small minority of folks would nit-pick and make the entire process unpleasant.

Chet in Ramona

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