Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Northstar Engine Parts Galore! in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; The deal has been 100% finalized. Without any banks' help, I sealed the deal on 236 engine blocks - brand ...
The deal has been 100% finalized. Without any banks' help, I sealed the deal on 236 engine blocks - brand new, from the GM Powertrain Liviona Assembly Plant.
Some have followed this- for those who haven't, I was working on a deal to buy 100 new Northstar blocks and heads and such. I cleaned them out and bought all of GM's overstock from 2002/2003. Some from other years.
600 cylinder heads.
560 oil manifold plates. (fits 95-present?)
800 flywheels (flexplates) (fits 93-present?)
2100 oil level sensors (95 present)
2600 front crankshaft seals
8200 throttle body gaskets
408 camshaft covers
950 oil filter mounts (with and without cooler ports, 93-03)
950 oil pressure switches
300+ knock sensors (2000-2003)
250+ oil pans (93+)
timing covers (98+)
Bosch fuel rails, injectors- 2000-2002 Eldorado only, injectors fit all 2000-2005
100+ intake manifolds
1800+ oil dipstick tubes & dipsticks
new 275 & 300 hp camshafts
new 4.0 blocks for Aurora owners (limited quantities)
250 full timing sets (all 6 sprockets, 3 chains, guides/shoes, tensioners, etc.)
2000 valve springs
80 water pump belt tensioners for 93 and 94 model year engines
3200 oil fill caps (5w30 decal attatched but will fit all years to my knowledge)
It was a lengthy deal to put this together but these parts are all available now to anyone looking to repair their Northstar. I can also build these to order, for 2000-2005 cars, but I will need a bit of lead time to get the cranks, rods, and pistons together. GM can supply these to me for a high, but reasonable (for GM) cost. All engines that I build from this will be studded, even though these blocks are new and the threads are still perfectly clean (unless someone requests original head bolts).
I spent most of today off site filling up part of a warehouse I rented to store all of this. Two 53' trucks full. I can only get access to the warehouse at certain times of the day so any parts orders may be delayed 24 hours to allow me time to pick the stuff up- unfortunately my shop is only 4400 sq. ft. so I can only keep a limited supply there.
I am going to try my best to scoop up Northstar parts deals anytime I can so that we all have access to new, OEM parts (or NOS) at prices well below dealer prices.
If anyone has information on overstock Northstar parts up for sale, there may be a finders fee (reward) available for the contact info. Unfortunately at the present time, my financial resources are tapped out.. banks don't see the potential- they could have earned the interest from me, but they chose not to help.
My apologies to a couple of Cadillac owners who are waiting patiently for their cars to be completed- I had to deal with this priority ONE. Please understand that I had to take inventory and be present during the unloading. You all have my word that your cars will be fixed in a timely manner (I'm shooting for YESTERDAY) but proper time and care will be taken and nothing is going to be done in haste. On the bright side, for those of you who have a car here now, I may start installing some new parts free of charge simply because it takes less time than cleaning the old ones.
I have been working day and night lately with barely any sleep to make all of this happen and keep up to the daily work load.
Thank you Taylor for your vehicle referral, the bill from that car paid for the shipping of the truck that came today.
And thank you to all past, present, and future customers because without you this would not have been possible!
Thanks everyone! I took some photos and will post them when I get a chance. I'll be up in western Canada in a short while on a business trip and a lot of updates will be done to my site during that time. The track re-opened today so I also have to run my cammed out STS down the 1/4 and see how it's doing.
I'll be travelling through the U.S. (passing right by you Ranger) on the way up to Manitoba. It's time for another short Caddy road trip! This time in an '01 DTS with night vision. That should be good because apparently North Dakota has a lot of wildlife (deer mostly). I'm interested in trying that option out - I've never had the pleasure yet.
I am so relieved to have this deal secured and finalized, the engines/parts at the warehouse.
I'd like to set up an account with Fel-Pro (Federal Mogul) directly to purchase gaskets in bulk- the issue with that is you have to do over $100,000 in business with them per year for them to even consider your account application. Maybe 236 Northstars with the potential of a lot more rebuilds / customer cars, etc., will get their attention. This way I could offer gaskets and parts to forum members at a discount as well.
It's going to be a bit of a juggle- The one car I'm working on now- it was an engine rebuild and a trans swap- pulled the engine and saw a 3" crack in the block- looks like it's from freezing. I just had to pull another car in the shop (a scrap one of mine) to pull another core to work with. My help is taking Good Friday off, I'm still working.
Aside from a few minor setbacks everything is going according to plan but I may only return from my trip Thursday night. I had an unexpected vehicle drop off a couple days ago (no phone call, no appointment) so I'll have to get started on that one after all other cars are completed.
I am actually leaving Tuesday afternoon if I get everything done.
Ranger if I'm driving by during daylight hours I am definitely stopping by to see your DHS and meet you!