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Old 04-23-2013, 06:16 AM
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Blackwater Engine

Has anyone used these folks before? Were you pleased with quality, etc? My E99 has forged rods, but I see that is a $100 option through Blackwater. And does the front clip and/or cab have to come off to swap engines?
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Blackwater Engines, from what I have read, seem to be okay. I say okay becuase there are a few things on their site that are questionable. First, they say that they use Johnson Lifters, but Johnson Hy-lift went out of business a few years ago after they were bought out. The manger of the new comapany sold Hylift's machines and product under the table and it ended up running the company into the ground. Second, they should not be charging for forged rods, because a 7.3 PS should never be rebuilt with PMR's. Third, they charge extra for Stellite vavles which the 7.3 comes with from the factory. It was these reasons I rebuilt my enigne myself, well with the help from Ryan at Side Street Machine. This is the only person i would have do any work on my engine. A few people I talk to have used Blackwater and seem to be happy though. WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T USE JASPER.

The cab does not have to come off to swap engines. The front bumper, grill, headlights, header panel (what the grill and headlights mount to), and upper radiator support have to be removed. Also, the A/C condensor, trans cooler and radiator have to come out as well. Many say that the A/C condensor has to be unhooked, but I find that it can be twisted out of the way with out being unhooked.
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