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Vortec Head Conversion BudgetLast updated:
11/16/2007
©2007 Josh Straub - josh "AT" powertuneplus.com. This document is part of www.PowerTunePlus.com

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Part/ServiceCostShippingNotes

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Heads, Camshaft & Valvetrain

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New never-ran ~2004 Vortec heads, fully assembled, lucky steal on eBay$100.00$54.00eBay

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~2004 Vortec factory aluminum shaft stamped 1.5 roller rockers$25.00$9.00eBay; these were available all the time

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LS2 yellow beehive valve springs (new eBay takeoffs)$50.00$21.25(slow from canada, buy from lingenfelter instead)

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COMP steel 7* retainers for beehive springs; CCA-774-12$40.00(from Tom, Summit: $50)

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Custom 218/218 115 LSA Comp XFI Turbo Camshaft from Turbotime.us$325.00$35.49$12.74 shipping, plus whopping 7% sales tax of $22.75 = 360.49 total. The $325 was a special one-time deal, normal price is $360.

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Loose Parts

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Crane 10621-16 4130 steel 7.187" stock length pushrods $99.99
(2) Victor Reinz stock head gasket #5855 $35.99 ea ($71.98 for pair)
Throttle Body Gasket - 60826 - $3.99
Valve Cover Gaskets - VS50160 $13.99 (1 pair)
Timing Cover Gasket Kit - JV1041 - $7.99 set (includes water pump, thermostat, distributor gaskets, timing cover crankshaft seal)
$197.94$8.00Tucker Auto Parts / Michael Hood

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Summit order:
ARP-134-3601 Cylinder Head Bolts, High Performance, Hex Head, Chevy, Small Block, Kit $59.95
EDL-7801 Double roller Timing Chain $65.95
$125.90$10.95

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Machine Work

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SyTy lower intake manifold welded up for Vortec heads (stock appearing)$250.00$30.00This was a total nightmare transaction with a shop from the West coast, with whom I will not be doing any further business.. Long story short, getting a good price on this job in stock-appearing condition from a decent vendor will be very challenging.

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Valve guide boss cutting for larger springs, drilling for SyTy intake bolt pattern, drilling 4 accessory (dipstick) holes$222.00local machine shop (-$40 for the flowtest)

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Total$1,335.84$168.69

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Grand Total for Parts (incl. shipping)$1,504.53

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*NOTE: Total cost for DIY assembled Vortecs with all head/manifold machining and valvetrain (incl. pushrods), ready to bolt on, but no head bolts/timing chain/gaskets: $787 + $157.74 shipping = $944.74.
These prices are useful for direct comparison to purchasing a full Vortec package from a shop.

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Tools

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Powerhouse Products precision measuring tools

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POW256400 6" Digital Calipers$49.95$14.82Powerhouseproducts.com

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POW151125 Dial Indicator Magnetic Base$29.00Powerhouseproducts.com

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POW151100 Powerhouse® 0-1" Dial Indicator$29.95Powerhouseproducts.com

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POW801005 Assembly Lube - 4 oz. Jar (cam, timing gear, distributor gear)$4.95Powerhouseproducts.com

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Misc Engine Building Tools

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PROTO 10-80 FT-LB all-metal Torque Wrench #J6006C (NIST certified calibration)$145.00$9.00"PreTax Tools" website (Grainger)

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CCA-4790 Degree Wheel, Steel, White, 9 in. Diameter$16.75Summit

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PRO-66797 Dial Indicator Stand, Aluminum, Red Anodized, Magnetic Deck Bridge, 4 1/2 in. Bore Span,$38.95Summit

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SUM-900069 Hose Removal Tool, Steel, Chrome, Plastic Handle$6.95Summit

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SUM-900200 Thread Cleaning Chasers, 1/4-20, 5/16-18, 3/8-16, 7/16-14, 1/2-13, 9/16-12 Thread Pitches, Steel, Set$12.95Summit

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SUM-901064 Crank Turning Nut, Steel, Gold Iridited, Chevy, Small Block$9.95Summit

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WMR-W80663 Exhaust Manifold Spreader, Adjustable, Steel, Zinc Plated$6.95Summit

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Gasket scraper, mechanics gloves, detail wire brushes for parts cleaning, misc.$45.00Sears

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Blue Threadlocker (for 3 cam bolts)$7.00

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Permatex Ultra Black RTV (for engine), Permatex Ultra Copper Hi-Temp RTV (for turbo, downpipe, exhaust manifolds)$10.00

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ARP-100-9903 Assembly Lubricant$6.95Summit

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ARP-100-9904 Thread Sealer$7.95Summit

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DupliColor Engine Enamel spray paint: New Ford Gray (2), Cast Aluminum (1)$15.00AutoZone

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Porting Tools

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Harbor Freight long nose electric 1/4" die grinder$50.00Harbor Freight

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Harbor Freight Router electric speed control$20.00Harbor Freight

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3 carbide cutters (1/4" shank): "Christmas Tree", 3/8" barrel, 1/4" flame$74.00ACE Hardware, Midwest Cutting Tool

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CRC Cutting Oil spray$7.00Harbor Freight

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Tools Total:$594.25$23.82

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Tools Grand Total:$618.07

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Misc Parts

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1 Sealed Power/Federal Mogul stock replacement HT2148 roller lifter (to replace 1 tight stock lifter)$10.50CARQUEST

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New GM belt tensioner (stock one broke apart during disassembly)$45.00

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TNT-30302-4 Tubing Coupler, Silicone, Black, Straight, 4.00 in. I.D (for stock IC to TB)$15.95(incl. in Summit order)

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Cylinder Head Flow Testing (before/after porting)

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flow testing stock head: $40, flow testing ported head: $30 (incl. free spot facing on exhaust guides)$70.00local machine shop

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Misc Parts Grand Total:$141.45

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My Truck's Project (Parts + Tools) Grand Total:$2,264.05Of course, yours could be more/less depending on what tools/equipment you already have. But this number represents the total amount of $ I spent between the day I decided to do the Vortec upgrade, and the day it finally ran.