If you’re rebuilding a truck, van or SUV from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, having the 350 cubic inch V-8 is a key ingredient in your restoration efforts. But with the passage of time, the supply of these important engines is starting to get thin, and that can make some rebuilds tougher. GM has understood this problem, and has released an all-new 350 replacement service V-8 that helps breathe new life into these vehicles.
While replacement 350 cubic inch (5.7-liter) V-8s have existed for a while now through GM Genuine Parts, those engines use refurbished parts and are often repurposed. In this case, the engine featured here is all-new and does not have any refurbished components in its design and construction. This allows the engine to have not only better reliability but also better longevity. GM is so confident in this, that it even throws in a 3-year/100,000-mile limited warranty for good measure.
Applications for this engine are split into three categories, Gen 1 (trucks suvs and vans from 1987 to 1995,) Gen 1e LD (light duty trucks from 1996 to 2002,) and the Gen 1e HD version (heavy duty trucks from 1996 to 2002.)
The new generation GM 350 service engines come bundled with an all new four bolt main block that can work with roller type camshafts, as well as various types of mechanical fuel pumps. The engine also comes with new cylinder head and block castings for enhanced durability, as well as a new oil pan, timing cover, valve covers, and even a tweaked oil dipstick tube. Precision focused CNC machining was also used throughout the manufacturing process, with special attention paid to the cylinder heads, block castings and other select components.
“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,” said Andrew McKittrick, manager of GM’s propulsion portfolio. “Every GM Genuine Parts engine incorporates our very latest engineering technology and product enhancements to offer a reliable and dependable product for our customers.”
The GM 350 Service V-8 is now available for buyers to purchase through either select GM dealerships or by visiting genuinegmparts.com. GM did not offer pricing information for the new powerplant, but our friends at GMAuthority did reveal that the company has been offering a similar engine prior to this announcement, with that motor starting at $2,807. So look for pricing here not to deviate too far from that figure which should please buyers looking not to break the bank to get factory fresh horsepower.