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I know this may be a dumb question but I'd like to know. is a 66 389 tri-power worth more than a 67 400 Qjet. both being complete engines??
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I know this may be a dumb question but I'd like to know. is a 66 389 tri-power worth more than a 67 400 Qjet. both being complete engines??
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With comparable condition and completeness, the tripower's worth more just because of the 'sex' factor. You could probably sell just the tripower system alone for more than you could get out of the whole 400 engine.

In terms of performance, the 400/Qjet will probably outrun it.

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A very sweet Tri-power, complete from mainfould up is about 2k.....ask Richard Boneske, he probably knows better than me. I Think he restores Trips. The 67 400 has better heads, a 'correct' Quadrajet = $6-700. The 400 is, in my opinion, a better motor. The 389 tri-power is much cooler. Eric



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At the swap meet this last weekend I saw an unrestored 65 tri power complete for $2K. Another guy had a restored tri powers for $2200, and 2 for $1900, they were really nice looking. I know where a dual quad set up with carbs was for $400, not sure if it's still there. I would go with the 400, and put something trick on top of it, 389 pistons are pricey..

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It depends....if the '67 Q-Jet 400 is a factory 360 HP HO motor instead of a garden variety 335 horse, it could be worth a bunch to the right restorer. The others are right, of course....Pontiac IS tripower, and it's one of those mythical things that will never lose its "cool" factor. I love 389's..."389", like "396" just SOUNDS tough....unlike "400" or "402". You can punch a 389 .060", use std. 400 pistons, bolt on 400 style heads, and have a screamer. BUT--- For cost-effective building, ease of parts locating, and a great overall engine, hard to beat a 400, though. Up to you.
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