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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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To import or not to import???

With the strong Aussie $ at the moment would it be an advantage to get a US sourced stroker short block or complete package. Im an Aussie and your thoughts are appreciated...
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 08:28 AM
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Re: To import or not to import???

I thought you guys had all the goood stuff down there, Clevelands wise anyway.
I suppose you are doing a Windsor.
Certainly there are some very good builders over here. I read good things about T Meyer, MME, Kaase, guys like that who participate in the various forums.
Would the difference in the dollar value cover the freight and insurance?
You know, if I was a builder, I might offer to stop by and help you light it off as an excuse to visit Australia. What a interesting country.

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Yeah its a windsor im looking for. I had a look around locally for some of the short blocks im looking at about 5 to 7 grand. Stroker crate engines are about 10 to 20 grand depending how mild or wild.

What would i be looking at for freight and insurance?

Thanks in advance...
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As to the cost of the freight I really have no idea. There may be some customs costs and delays as well. I've run into that bringing things down from Canada. What I would suggest is first reading the thread below titled T & L engines. That should reinforce the importance of finding an honest builder. If the builder you choose is well known I would think that they have shipped out of country before and know what is involved to do it, and what the costs would be. Two places I would suggest you try first are attached.

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What size windsor are you looking to build? Would you be open to a unique smaller displacement engine, than traditional windsor strokers, (i.e. 408, 427, etc.) What are you looking to do with the engine, street/race?

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With the strong Aussie $ at the moment would it be an advantage to get a US sourced stroker short block or complete package. Im an Aussie and your thoughts are appreciated...
What kind of parts are in the short block for 5-7 grand?..My concern with buying one from the U.S is that its along ways away if you have any warranty issues with the engine..


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Just a street engine.

Just wanted the extra cubes on a mild top end for the torque and sound.

My main concern was with warranty issues.

But as its for cruising, i thought with a reputable builder, my chances of problems would be minimised.

Probably just build a warm 51 windsor but thought i would ask a long distance question...
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Re: To import or not to import???

If you have the block, just buy the ingredients. Kits are fairly priced and much cheaper to ship. Not much different from building a stock block.

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If you decide to buy it here...just make sure it's a company that can afford to cover the costs if there's a problem.
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We have had a huge spike in phone calls from customers in AUS lately due to this....they all say the same thing you are....much cheaper to get from the US with freight included. I have shipped quite a few engines out there and typically costs about $1500-$2000.

If theres anything I can help with lmk.

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