Shopping for used cores or an engine that you want to transplant can be difficult if you don't know what you're looking for. We received so much feedback on the recent Dart engine build-up, and how people could relate to the story of buying a used engine block that was no good, that we thought that we'd show you what we're taking about and hopefully give you pointers on how to find a good used block. This story started with an engine build that went sour, but maybe our readers can learn from our experience. When it's time to build an engine there's a few ways that you can go. One scenario consists of locating a block from a classified paper such as The Recycler. Our favorite way is to find a running donor car and pull the engine. Wrecked cars are usually good as you know that they were running before the accident that did them in. You can also go to a junkyard and pick out a used engine. One difficulty of buying an engine that's not actually in a car is finding out about the engine without seeing or hearing it run. The only real way to find out about the engine is to open it up and hope that it's in good working condition. This is where gambling on a used engine can get ugly; that nice guy who was so happy to take your money just made out like a bandit and there's nothing that you can do about it. He said that the engine was "as is" and "I believe it's never been worked on." Opening up an engine can give you its life history, almost like an autopsy. From the heads being worked on to the timing chain being loose from wear and tear, the only way to find out is by tearing it down. Now follow along as we show you a couple of ways to shop for a used engine block from the best-case scenario to the worst where you spend money and waste time and have to start all over. You never know what you'll find at a local junkyard. In this case, we found a small-block that we were in need of. The donor car was a good source for parts if you own an early '70s Chevy Impala or Caprice.You never know what you'll find at a local junkyard. In this case, we found a small-block This 350 engine needs to be checked before we pull it out of the donor vehicle. Someone had tried to get this car to run and they could not get it to fire up, which normally will make anyone stay away from it as there's no history on what was done to the engine. All of the vacuum outlets were checked to make sure that they were plugged and that there wouldn't be any air leaks that would keep the engine from firing up. A battery jumper was used to power up the car as the belts had been removed. There are a few advantages to shopping at a "Pick-A-Part" junkyard, including the ability to pull parts from other vehicles to make what you need work for you. In our case, the carb and fuel pump were pulled off another vehicle with a cracked block.This 350 engine needs to be checked before we pull it out of the donor vehicle. Someone ha After a little bit of gas was poured into the carburetor, the engine started to run. You can also use Quick Start to help fire up the engine.After a little bit of gas was poured into the carburetor, the engine started to run. You c A screwdriver was used to keep the carburetor choked while the engine was running to make sure that it worked. This engine was good and ready to be transplanted.A screwdriver was used to keep the carburetor choked while the engine was running to make We found this engine in a donor car through a local paper. It was taken to the shop for a quick tear down inspection. The engine looked good from the outside and we were hoping that it was still good internally.We found this engine in a donor car through a local paper. It was taken to the shop for a Once you have your engine out you can read the numbers on the backside of the block, which tell you the engine's history, including the month that it was built.Once you have your engine out you can read the numbers on the backside of the block, which 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!