Chevy Introduces Low-Cost Small Block for Clapped Out Work Trucks

GM may start putting junkyards out of business with its new GM Service 350 V8. The crate engine V8 is designed as a low-buck replacement for work trucks and vans.

Built around a brand new four-bolt block with new cylinder heads and block castings, as well as a forged crankshaft, new valve covers, and more, the engine comes with a 3-year/100,000 mile warranty.

GM says that the new engine will offer customers “greater assurance that they’re a mirror image of the engine, not products of reverse engineering or mere approximations of original quality and specifications.”

It’s designed for the following applications:

Gen 1 (for 1987-1995 GM trucks, vans and SUVs)

Gen 1e LD (for 1996-2002 GM light-duty trucks)

Gen 1e HD (for 1996-2002 GM heavy-duty trucks)

You can order the part through genuineparts.com. Frustratingly, GM has not provided a pricing structure, but you can already buy a 350 service engine for as little as $2,800.

“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,” GM propulsion manager, Andrew McKittrick, said in a statement. “Every GM Genuine Parts engine incorporates our very latest engineering technology and product enhancements to offer a reliable and dependable product for our customers.”

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