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Old July 7th, 2019, 16:30   #1
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Default Need to sell GMC engine... suggestions?

I have a 4.3l GM engine that has been following me around after I abandoned the rebuild on my old high school truck. Professionally bored, balanced, rebuilt heads and then assembled with a Comp Cam roller kit, etc. I'm not having any luck selling it through Craigslist, or the Chevy/GM forums I have found. Does anyone here happen to have any suggestions on where you might sell a completely rebuilt engine?
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Old July 7th, 2019, 20:27   #2
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Not to be a Donkey, but suggest if it has not sold, your price is too high. But then again, some things just take time to find the right buyer.

Good Luck with the sale.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 03:24   #3
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pay for the listing info, add lots of info and photos, and post a reasonable price.

Before you start, understand that a buyer of an engine worked on by an unknown-qualification individual comes with some risk,

Also, consider the money you spent on the engine to be funding a hobby for you, not an investment.

Free advice: it is worth what you pay for it. (sometimes)
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Old July 8th, 2019, 04:50   #4
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Do not know which version of 4.3L you have, but truthfully they are generally pretty good if it is an older one, and they are a dime a dozen used, and the vehicles they are used in are largely worthless PLUS if anyone was going to go through the trouble of "rebuilding" one, they'd probably swap in a 5.7L anyway (unless it was an S10/S15... that takes a little more work).

What killed a lot of them was in the 4WD S10/T10 where the remote oil filter/cooler lines would be allowed to fail. They'd pump the engine dry in a few seconds. But again, those vehicles by now are barely worth their weight in scrap, not many folks would spend the money for even a used engine let alone a rebuilt one.
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Old July 10th, 2019, 16:55   #5
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Old July 16th, 2019, 21:46   #6
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Junk yard
Or the scrap yard, at least there you'd get something for the weight.

It's like VW 1.8L 8v engines, I had three I couldn't give away so they went to the junk yard and got dumped.

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