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Below are the various workups I've done on the rebuild pieces I'm looking at with prices from the latest catalogs I have and the prices I could find on the various websites. I also called each place and asked some relevant questions on various bits and pieces. I started off looking at a basic rebuild kit and gasket set from PAW. My catalog was a bit older, but it looked like the prices were current enough for some basic guestimating and planning. I also wanted to see about getting grooved cam bearings to ensure good oil flow to the drivers side lifters, and last time I checked, I had to go to a Buick specialist like PAE Enterprises, Poston, or TA Performance to get them. I'm also pondering getting my cam and lifters from a Buick-specialist - the idea of a generic "stock replacement" cam from PAW didn't really interest me, though they are included below for price comparison purposes. I also knew that I wanted modern-style neoprene front and rear main seals, which is turned out were only available from Buick-specialty sources. The same goes for some of the replacement bolts I knew I'd want (or in some cases, need) - Buick-specialty sources. So, each of the workups contain the right bits and pieces to make this as much of an apples-to-apples comparison as possible.

When I called PAE Enterprises I had the chance to talk with Jim Burek - he's quite the guru - and get some details sorted out in my mind and move my planning forward a good bit. It turns out lots has changed since my original research - even since the Guide to Buick Performance Engines book was written - and there are far more neat goodies for me to spend my money on than I have money to spend on them. After going over the comparisons and getting a reply back from Jim, I'm going to be using the PAE Enterprises list below.

 

Rebuild Kits and Parts

PAW Super Stock Piston Kit and Gaskets
Source Item Part # Price
PAW Gasket Set KS2625 $61.95
Bathtub Intake Gasket MS49008P $21.95
Main Bearings Super Stock Piston Kit C $483.00
Rod Bearings
Piston Ring Set
Pistons and Piston Pins (Cast)
Moly Rings Charge Kit Option $16.95
Double Roller Timing Chain Set PAW-503 $48.95
Extra High Volume & Pressure Oil Pump Kit PAW-K20JPHV $69.95
Poston Camshaft GS-112A $149.00
Lifters (Stock Replacement) PEML896H $69.00
Neoprene Front Main Seal PE230 $9.95
Neoprene Rear Main Seal PE232 $16.88
Freeze Plug Kit PE1794A $6.95
Oil Pump Thrust Plate Kit F224-518TP $16.95
PAE Enterprises Grooved HD Cam Bearings #1072 $49.50
TA Performance Oil Pan, Front Cover, Water Pump, and Intake Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1114-430 $90.00
Exhaust Manifold Stainless Bolt Kit TA1118 $39.95
Rocker Arm Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1322 $13.50
Total $1164.43

 

PAW Deluxe Engine Rebuild Kit and Super Stock Piston Kit
Source Item Part # Price
PAW Bathtub Intake Gasket MS49008P $21.95
Gasket Set Deluxe Engine Rebuild Kit $290.00
Main Bearings
Rod Bearings
Timing Chain Set
Piston Ring Set
Oil Pump Kit
Moly Rings Charge Kit Option $16.95
Double Roller Timing Chain Charge Kit Option $15.00?
Pistons and Piston Pins (Cast) Super Stock Piston Kit A $298.00
Poston Camshaft GS-112A $149.00
Lifters (Stock Replacement) PEML896H $69.00
Neoprene Front Main Seal PE230 $9.95
Neoprene Rear Main Seal PE232 $16.88
Freeze Plug Kit PE1794A $6.95
Oil Pump Thrust Plate Kit F224-518TP $16.95
PAE Enterprises Grooved HD Cam Bearings #1072 $49.50
TA Performance Oil Pan, Front Cover, Water Pump, and Intake Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1114-430 $90.00
Exhaust Manifold Stainless Bolt Kit TA1118 $39.95
Rocker Arm Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1322 $13.50
Total $1103.58

 

PAW Deluxe Master Engine Rebuild Kit
Source Item Part # Price
PAW Bathtub Intake Gasket MS49008P $21.95
Gasket Set Deluxe Master Engine Rebuild Kit $795.00
Main Bearings
Rod Bearings
Timing Chain Set
Piston Ring Set
Oil Pump Kit
Pistons and Piston Pins (Cast)
Camshaft (Stock Replacement)
Lifters
Moly Rings Charge Kit Option $16.95
Double Roller Timing Chain Charge Kit Option $15.00?
Poston Neoprene Front Main Seal PE230 $9.95
Neoprene Rear Main Seal PE232 $16.88
Freeze Plug Kit PE1794A $6.95
Oil Pump Thrust Plate Kit F224-518TP $16.95
PAE Enterprises Grooved HD Cam Bearings #1072 $49.50
TA Performance Oil Pan, Front Cover, Water Pump, and Intake Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1114-430 $90.00
Exhaust Manifold Stainless Bolt Kit TA1118 $39.95
Rocker Arm Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1322 $13.50
Total $1092.58

 

Poston Based Rebuild Kit
Source Item Part # Price
Poston Gasket Set FS31260 $49.00
Bathtub Intake Gasket MS49008P $23.75
Main Bearings FM4664M $79.88
Rod Bearings F8-3320CP $49.88
Double Roller Timing Chain Set DR9-1144 $69.88
Piston Ring Set FE287X $94.49
Pistons and Piston Pins (Cast) BP523 $279.00
Camshaft GS-112A $149.00
Lifters (Stock Replacement) PEML896H $69.00
Neoprene Front Main Seal PE230 $9.95
Neoprene Rear Main Seal PE232 $16.88
Freeze Plug Kit PE1794A $6.95
Oil Pump Thrust Plate Kit F224-518TP $16.95
PAE Enterprises Oil Pump Kit #1036 $25.95
Grooved HD Cam Bearings #1072 $49.50
TA Performance Oil Pan, Front Cover, Water Pump, and Intake Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1114-430 $90.00
Exhaust Manifold Stainless Bolt Kit TA1118 $39.95
Rocker Arm Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1322 $13.50
Total $1133.51

 

PAE Enterprises Based Rebuild Kit
Source Item Part # Price
PAE Enterprises Gasket Set #1085 (substitute 430 cast pistons in place of 455 hypereutectic pistons for extra cost of ~$80) ~$845
Bathtub Intake Gasket Set
Main Bearings
Rod Bearings
Double Roller Timing Chain Set
Piston Ring Set
Oil Pump Kit
Oil Pump Thrust Plate Kit
Pistons and Piston Pins (Cast)
Grooved HD Cam Bearings
Neoprene Front Main Seal
Neoprene Rear Main Seal
Freeze Plug Kit
Lifters (Stock Replacement) #1004B $70
Poston Camshaft GS-112A $149
TA Performance Oil Pan, Front Cover, Water Pump, and Intake Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1114-430 $90.00
Exhaust Manifold Stainless Bolt Kit TA1118 $39.95
Rocker Arm Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1322 $13.50
Total $1207.45

 

TA Performance Based Rebuild Kit
Source Item Part # Price
TA Performance Gasket Set TA1706 $69.95
Bathtub Intake Gasket TA1736 $27.00
Intake End Seals TA1239B $6.00
Main Bearings TA1551 $74.95
Rod Bearings TA1541 $49.95
Double Roller Timing Chain Set TA1522B $110.00
Piston Ring Set TA1641 $103.00
Oil Pump Kit TA1508 $29.95
Oil Pump Thrust Plate Kit TA1510A $35.00
Oil Pump Shim Kit TA1704 $14.95
Adjustable Oil Pressure Regulator TA1502 $19.95
Pistons and Piston Pins (Cast) TA1606 $335.00
Camshaft TA112 $159.00
Lifters (Stock Replacement) TA1406 $120.00
Grooved HD Cam Bearings TA1559 $59.95
Neoprene Front Main Seal TA1514 $12.95
Neoprene Rear Main Seal TA1516 $16.95
Freeze Plug Kit TA1518B $15.00
Oil Pan, Front Cover, Water Pump, and Intake Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1114-430 $90.00
Exhaust Manifold Stainless Bolt Kit TA1118 $39.95
Rocker Arm Black Oxide Bolt Kit TA1322 $13.50
Total $1403.00

 

Interesting Bits and Pieces

As I poured over various catalogs and websites, I ran into other interesting parts and remembered various relevant details that I needed to jot down someplace so I wouldn't lose them. This is that place.

The distributor gear oiler kit is only recommended with a high volume oil pump, so I removed it from my original kit listings above. Also, with the newest grooved HD cam bearings, the lifter galley bypass line is not needed, so it's been moved here as well.

Other Interesting and Possibly Useful Stuff
Poston Pushrods PE126 $84.00
Poston Valve Covers - Powdercoated Aluminum PE90732 $119.00
Poston Water Pump WP-384A $53.88
Rock Auto Water Pump (A1 Cardone, Remanufactured) 58111 $24.79
Poston Fuel Pump (Stage 1) M36470098 $49.00
TA Performance Fuel Pump (Stage 1) TA1534B $49.95
Rock Auto Fuel Pump ('73 455 type with return line) M4511 $26.89
Poston Lifter Galley Bypass Line PE70110 $14.88
Poston Distributor Gear Oiler Kit PE394076 $14.88
TA Performance Hybrid Adjustable Pushrods TA1428B $149.00
TA Performance Front Cover w/Neoprene Seal TA1531B $425.00
TA Performance Front Cover w/Neoprene Seal and Oil Pump Kit Pre-installed TA1533A $699.95
TA Performance Drill Bit Kit (1/2" and 9/16" with 12" shank, 11/32" with 6" shank) TA2060 $65.00
Local Store Cam Thrust Bumper Parts 1/4-20 Brass All Thread + JB Weld  
Local Store Valve Cover Bolts 1/4-20  
Local Store Carb Mounting Bolts ???  
Carb Connection Q-Jet Carb Rebuild   ~$400.00

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