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Old 11-22-2009, 08:59 AM
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Engine Rebuild?

Dealer dropped bolt into engine during warranty repair, then went out of business. Ford says too bad, dealer work is not their problem. They can install new engine for $15,000, I can install rebuilt long block for $5,000, or stock used about $3,000, or I can repair what I have.

Bolt split one piston in scored cylinder, other piston damaged, one head ruined. Consdering cleaning up cylinder past score (<10 / 1,000 should do), replacing two pistons and head. Engine on shop floor now and looks like re-work might be practical.

Found head for $350, head gaskets $300, 2 pistons & rings $300, other gaskets $200; minimum parts cost $1,200-$1,500.

This does provide opportunity for some performance upgrades, i.e., head studs and a bit more then we are at $2,000 or so.

Am I underestimating the cost of this task? Has anyone else done this? What am I forgetting? Other ideas?

Any input appreciated.

Sam
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:10 AM
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Ideas?

Lawsuit.

I'd stud the heads, at this point, personally.

I've heard some good stuff about them hypermax head gaskets, but I cannot confirm or deny any reports as I have not used their product at this time.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:00 AM
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I would fix it back better then stock..stud it etc, etc.

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From what I read it seems you plan to only bore/condition the one cylinder. This I would not recomend. Most rebuilders bore all cylinders to the same size,seems to keep the engine in better balance, or that seems to be the common belief. Now this may be folk lore but it has been around for the 55 years I have been a mechanic both diesel and gas.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:12 AM
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if it just scored the cylinder slightly and all it takes is a bit of honing, it should be fine (I would think, not a pro) and I think thats what he was talking about...
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