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Old 03-23-2011, 01:07 PM
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Default first time engine rebuild HELP!!!

I want to completely rebuild my 5.2 318 I want to put new heads, pistons, headers all that kinda fun shit but I want to keep it street legal and pass through emissions . So I need some input on what I can do or what my options are like maybe new cam what lift and duration heads basically I want to strip it down to block and start new I have an engine it got like 225.000ish miles that I pulled and ripping apart I know I am going to have to take it to a machine shop and have it looked at that there are no cracks and everything I square and honed. So can anyone help
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Rebuilding an engine can be quite exciting, provided you have experience (and tools) of such under your belt. My first recommendation is RESEARCH, RESEARCH, and more RESEARCH. Make sure you are confident you can take on this project (know your engine inside-out and upside-down) because that’s how you’ll be working on it. If you have a friend or neighbor that has rebuilt engines, they are your best asset. Also, figure out if you want a high performance engine or something fuel efficient. You can also have the best of both worlds by opening up the intake and exhaust for better air flow in and out of the engine. Other simple upgrades are an electric cooling fan and electric fuel pump. These detachments from the engine reduce load and make a difference. A suggestion I can validate: Edelbrock Performer Series Kit (carb, intake, and cam) and a mild bore rebuild. Also install headers, ceramic wrap them versus ceramic finish and be mindful of your local emissions. The difference if substantial and you still keep some fuel efficiency. A lot of times electrical maintenance falls to the waste side but is just as important as the rebuild. It’s tedious but follow all your wires and inspect for shorts and frays. Rewrap them and fix all connectors, and install a “hot” firing ignition coil (if applicable). These simple inspections make a HUGE difference. Nothing like spending thousands for performance and be haunted by electrical issues.
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Sappers advice is sound. If it's performance you want, don't even fool with the 5.2. Locate a buildable 5.9 from a wreck and start there. If a leakdown test of the cylinders indicates the less than 10%, you can just roll fresh bearings into the bottom end and not even worry about having any machine work done. This will free up a significant amount of cash for other goodies like a cam, head work or whatever else you want.
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yea i was looking at a 5.9 but i want both performance and fuel and i wood need a computer out of a truck with a 5.9 and i have bin looking and nothing good all trucks that have found have fubar frount ends like must have hit a wall at 50 just nothing there still looking to
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