My 94 XLT, 2.3L (84k) has serious ring problems in the No. 1 & 2 cylinders. I'm finding it hard to locate someone to rebuild so now I'm looking at short and long block assemblies. What is a good price for short & long assemblies installed, and who to contact? I'm in the Oklahoma City area. :-staun
OK,no one else bit. Is it truly worth putting $2k into a truck of this age? Check with Kragen/Schucks/NAPA/Pep Boys/Jasper and locals for a baseline price guide. Including labor, a replaced long block could run close to $2K with no problem. "hadda replace the hoses, cut when removed, Plug wires looked bad... old plugs were fouled out... Injectors looked bad.... Blah Blah..."
What would a good used engine cost? $600 from a junkyard is the high end for a 4-banger that would drop in. Figure 6-8 hours labor at going rate(ballpark $50/hr would be $300/400 labor). I know it would take me most of a day to R/R an engine. More labor less machine shop cost for a short block because of all the transfer/install work.
How long will you keep the truck? Can you do the work yourself? Do you like this truck REALLY that much?
Give it some thought...
It's not how hard you work, it's how much you get done. Simplificate and add lightness
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