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nicraage 03-21-2013 11:40 AM

So frustrated 5.2 -5.9 swap possiblility
I'm so aggrevated, so I appologize if any of this comes off as a rant :LOL:

I'm in Honduras. I had my 5.2 completely rebuilt less than a year ago. Recently, I had water leak into a cylinder, which caused overheating, and I damaged the heads and a couple of cylinders, which I was going to sleeve.

1st machine shop told me they would only "warranty" the work if I sleeved all cylinders, even though I only needed 2. Took motor to a different machine shop (better reputation and bigger). They said, no problem, they could make the sleeves and only needed to do two.

I ordered some new aftermarket Odessa heads (great outfit, and fantastic customer service), and had them freighted to Honduras. After shipping here, it set me back about $700.

I decided to buy a performance cam with springs (cost $500).

Now, machine shop told me they discovered the block is cracked. :doh:
I had a mechanic locate a place that can sell me a used block. These insane #$%^&$ want $500 for just the block. This set me over the edge.

I would rather have a rebuilt engine sent over here than give these guys $500 for a freaking block out of a junk yard.

***Question: Can the odessa heads for the 5.2 be used on a 5.9 (and is it a good idea?) i will try to find an engine without heads if that is the case. I should be able to return the cam, since I bought it through Summit racing, but I don't want to eat $700 for heads if i don't have to.

Did I mention how angry I am? :i_redface:

nicraage 03-21-2013 08:08 PM

Odessa heads informed me that the heads can be used on the 5.9 also.

If I get a rebuilt 5.9 short block will everything else go together without any major issues?

And does anyone know where I can buy one in the Miami area? thanks
I can have one shipped to miami for around $250, but would love to reduce my costs.

69 XS29L 04-04-2013 06:03 PM

Everything fits, but 5.2 and 5.9 are balanced differently. For an automatic you'd need the converter for the appropriate engine.
Good luck, Chango

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