Give your old truck a new lease on life.
For owners of older trucks, vans, and SUVs, General Motors announced some good news today: an all-new 350 small-block engine. Just a few days ago, we said that GM's 5.7-liter V8 is one of the best crate engines you can get your hands on, with proven durability and a healthy chunk of low-down torque.
However, the company has made numerous changes to the latest version of this engine as it uses a new four-bolt block. The motor also features a new cylinder head and block castings which GM emphasizes has not been remanufactured. According to GM, 268,029 units of the 350 V8 service engine have been sold since 2005.
Further features include different valve covers, a forged steel crankshaft for enhanced durability, a new oil pan, a new timing cover, and CNC-machined cylinder heads and block castings.
Andrew McKittrick is the manager of GM's propulsion portfolio and was proud to announce the new engine. "Building on the history and versatility of the original 350 first available in Chevrolet models such as the Camaro and Corvette, this engine continues to deliver," he said. Reliability has always been a hallmark of the 350 and GM has fully tested the latest version of the engine to ensure the same holds true.
The new V8 is offered in three applications: Gen 1 trucks, vans and SUVs manufactured between 1987-1995; Gen 1e LD which covers light-duty trucks over the 1996-2002 model years; and Gen 1e HD, which is for heavy-duty trucks covering the same 1996-2002 period.
Over the years, there have been numerous iterations of Chevy's small-block V8. Last year, Chevrolet Performance unveiled the SP383 EFI that puts out 450 horsepower and 436 lb-ft of torque. While the new 350 will likely find its way into many older trucks and SUVs, we wouldn't be surprised at all if it's used in a host of restomods.
For customer peace of mind, the new motor requires no core charge and comes with a three-year/100,000-mile limited warranty. It's available to order from 4,000 GM dealers.