Visit The Dirt Forum for More Information

Author Topic:   Cost of Ford vs. Chevy
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted November 21, 2002 08:50 AM
Hello everyone, I have a Ford street stock, and have purchased a small block for $100. Is there a significant cost difference between a Ford and Chevy and if so, what are the major factors in this difference? Should I try and sell what I have and go with GM products? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.


Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted November 21, 2002 09:18 AM
As a general rule you can build a Chevy cheaper than a Ford. There are just so many Chevy small blocks out there and the parts for them are very easy to find, used or aftermarket. I dont think the difference is as bad as it once was but I would still say the least expensive build is a 350 chevy.

Just my opinion.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 352
posted November 21, 2002 09:44 AM
ford sb are around 100 lighter according to a wt chart published several years back.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 417
posted November 21, 2002 09:51 AM UIN: 13209501
in a street stock type motor, it really isn't any more expensive to build a ford than a chevy. Heck, might even be cheaper with all of the 5.0L parts floating around.


Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted November 21, 2002 10:21 AM
Well I would say sell the ford stuff to me. Honestly we are running a ford in a stock division and we haven't really seen too much of a diffrence in price. The one thing is that it takes a little more digging to find the ford stuff. A lot of the performance magazines are geared towards the chevys, but with a little digging you can find your parts. To be completley hoenst we have got 4 complete motors for $200. But then again we have a friend with a junkyard. Good luck in whatever you choose and don't let people scare you away from fords. Most people are scared of them because they do not know much about them.

jhon hollomon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted November 21, 2002 10:56 AM
Since your just starting out, i'd run what you got and try to learn as much as possible. I know for a fact that 95% of the cars you'll be running against are gm products. It will be harder to borrow parts at the track but maybe you won't have to.Good luck whatever you decide.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted November 21, 2002 01:37 PM
Thank you all for your help and advice/opinions. My engine guy is a brainiac at fords, so that's good. I just hear and read alot about sky high costs, and that's not really what someone starting out should worry most about ya know? I'll stick with what I have and hope to see some of you at either Sedalia or Warrensburg this year! Take care and see ya'll later!
Oh yeah, where do most of you all get your parts for engines and chassis? At the junkyard? Any of them that you all know of that are great to work with?


[This message has been edited by shotokanbuff (edited November 21, 2002).]

jhon hollomon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted November 21, 2002 02:17 PM
Since your in Windsor you should try w&p sales and salvage.There's also several in the Clinton area.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted November 21, 2002 02:32 PM
while it is cheaper to build a low buck chevrolet than a low buck ford, once you get into the 500 horsepower range the costs start to even out quickly.

[This message has been edited by outlawstock17 (edited November 21, 2002).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted November 21, 2002 02:41 PM
for ford performance stuff go to They have a little of everything. And they are a real good company to deal with. If you are going for best price I know for ford four cylinders they are a lot cheaper. Hope this helps Bobby

Back to the Archives