I have about 200 miles on mine. I'm very pleased so far. It starts easily, runs good and doesn't leak. Just order it a long time before you actually need it. Quick service is not one of their strong points. You can't beat their prices.
I think I ordered mine in March and got it in July. I didn't really need it any sooner so I didn't start bugging them until June. I would buy from them again but I would be sure to order exactly what I wanted and not make any changes later. Their internal communications are not very good.
I ordered my 347 in Oct 2005 and it took them 3 months to get it to me. They are selling a lot of these 347's and they ship them out only when they are done right. I have had a full season on mine and it runs like it should. No leaks, smooth balancing, nice fasteners and good attention to detail. You can even go so far as to pick out your choice of paint for the block. It came in a great crate as well. Can't beat the price as well. Comes with a DVD of the dyno run for the motor. Can't go wrong with 425HP/425TQ for $4000. I would recommend them.
I also am very pleased with mine. If you go with the pulleys, forged pistons, rocker upgrade and a turnkey motor it will be 6K. No complaints from me - starts first time every time and as others said - no leaks. They dont answer e-mails though. Phone only and yest they take their time to get them out. 3 months seems about average.
Unless you are going to rev. past 7000 RPM or plan on using a power adder (blower, turbo, or nitrous), then I wouldn't select forged pistons. They quoted me $300 for the upgrade but the less than desirable expansion/contraction issues associated with all forged pistons make the hypereutectic pistons the better choice for NA street use. You can bore it tighter and set the ring gaps tighter to get better combustion sealing. Spend the money on a roller cam upgrade (if they are not included currently) or on the carb. HTH
I bought my engine from T&L, I got it turn key, from carb to oil pan, including starter, clutch and preasure plate, alt. and pully set plus power steering pump and A/C pump instaled all for $6550.00 give Lloyd a call you won't be sorry.
I agree with all the above except the long wait. I told Loyd when I had to have it (aprox 4 weeks from initial phone call) and it arrived right on time.
I have not run it yet but everything looks great. Even the crate that it is shipped in is top-notch.
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