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To Build, Or Buy a Reman
OK, so @ 300797 miles, my obs is now blowing it's oil cap off, and sounds as if it's running on 7 holes. Mileage is still decent but you can tell it's down on power. It doesn't seem to smooth out till it's turning 2400 or better and it has a monstrous amount of blow by, let alone the blue smoke out of the exhaust.
So I guess it's time to face facts and start making decisions about it's replacement heart.
I can pick up a complete core for 200$ I have a set of reman heads with less than 6k on them that I can cabbage for free. I don't have an engine stand capable of holding a 7.3, nor do I have a garage to do it in.
I'm guessing 600$ish in machine work, 1200$ish in a rebuild kit. By the time I buy a decent enough stand to hold it, and all the misc stuff, even with my free heads I'm looking at the 25-2700$ range.
My other option is a Marshall reman
3yr 100k warranty, oil cooler, oil pan, timing cover installed, I just add my high pressure oil side, and fuel system, which is all new as of the last 10 months and drop it in. I can buy the Marshall from work with my discount for 2900$
I'm figuring after incidentals, tax and such, I'll be in the 3700$ range.
So my question is, what would you do, and why?
PS, I've looked high and low for a good used engine to no avail, if you know where one is, close to southeastern KY please tell!