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Old 11-22-2011, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by icywhite View Post
hey man it is prob. just a headgasket which would be a lot cheaper to replace then the entire motor just a thought to look into and while in there do the timing chain.
You are probably correct...but while I'm in there I may as well go ahead and press in new valve guides and seals, replace the oil pump, water pump, freshen up the crank bearings, rings, etc...where do you stop? Everything has 280,000 miles on it.

As this is my primary vehicle, I would much rather drop in a newer engine, rebuild the old one on my time and then swap them back at a later date.

I can swap the engines in less time than most could replace the head gaskets and while it seems a daunting task, it is actually alot less hassle in the long run. I see people spend way more time and energy avoiding a job than the actual job would have taken in the first place.

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