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candak
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4/09/2006
09:42:52

Subject: Crate engine- or rebuild it- or...?
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Hi guys- I need some advice: 91 318 w/TBI is blowing oil and leaking oil- been doing it for a while, but it's getting more pronounced lately- figure it's on it's last leg after 350K; love this truck- never let me down and easy to work on-has 8ft box which you can't find anymore; body has a little rust; question: is it worth putting a new block in? If so- does the cost justify a crate motor or a rebuild- or should I just trade it in? (and I don't have the experience to rebuild it myself)- thanks for any input



jerry
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4/09/2006
19:45:58

RE: Crate engine- or rebuild it- or...?
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well, the engine and trans are the biggest worry in high milage engines. But after so many miles other stuff will start to go too. Radiator, rear end, u-joints to name a few. What's your truck worth right now? Putting a bit of money in ( engine and trans alone probably $3,000 or more ) is fine if you're gonna keep it for awhile. That's still a lot less than a new truck. Why not put a 360 in if you're gonna go that route. Not much more than a 318.



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4/09/2006
23:35:17

RE: Crate engine- or rebuild it- or...?
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I think your best bet is used . Do some serious looking and I bet you can come up with a good 318/360 at a reasonable price that would more match the value of your truck.

So many problems .... So little time




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4/10/2006
22:10:14

RE: Crate engine- or rebuild it- or...?
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I was able to find a used 91 318 with 90,000 miles for $600. I got it off of the National Parts Finder hotline at 1-800-966-8211. It took a week for it to ship. I am satisfied with the service they provided.



candak
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4/12/2006
15:06:46

RE: Crate engine- or rebuild it- or...?
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C$2200 to rebuild it, but I will keep my eyes open for a good used one.



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