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Schlagger
05-24-2011, 11:02 PM
I'm looking at a few rigs with 401s, as well as a bare engine. What are these things worth in running but would be a good idea to rebuild condition?

198950lx
05-25-2011, 12:20 AM
Unfortunately, 401's are completely worthless, and barely worth scrap price. But, I am always willing to help out my fellow man, so I will be happy to donate my time to come and pick up any you have laying around...... :drivin:


Sorry, the child in me could not resist......

tgreese
05-25-2011, 05:45 AM
Depends on what you can find out about it, before you buy. The 401 bores are thin, and can only be overbored once. A block that's already 40 or 60 over and needs rebuilding is basically a crank donor ... unless you are willing to sleeve the block at about $100/hole. The less you know, or can determine (oil pressure, compression, hear it run, rebuild history, etc.), the less it's worth. I'd say a core/crank donor is worth more than scrap, say $100-200 (depends on the knowledge of the seller and buyer, their motivation, and area of the country, I presume). Then up from there.

seventynine
05-25-2011, 09:25 AM
The prices will vary quite a bit. They are somewhat rare and the hassle & cost of shipping an engine will make a buyer willing to pay more for a local one.

I found and bought a '77 Cherokee with a 401 a few years ago. It had been sitting for 25 years and appeared to have 60k miles on it.

I sold the 401 for $650 to a local member. I had planned to keep it for myself but couldnt resist the cash and ease of the sale.

seventynine
05-25-2011, 09:41 AM
Heres one on this forum you may have seen for $300:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=140682

The one I sold was complete with all of the original parts (carb, AC compressor, air cleaner, manifolds, flexplate etc.) which was important to the buyer.