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Join Date: Apr 1999
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Re: Tore down engine - rods are all out of order
If the motor ran fine than i would put it back the way it was. You are indeed correct in your thinking that you do not want to put to much money into that block. Why bother with rings , was it burning oil? If not leave them besides it was probably the oil seals in the heads.
If it goes into a shop i feel you are going to find out that you need to spend more and it is not worth it on that 80. over motor.
Fix the oil seals in the head and because main bearings are cheap throw some in seeing how it is apart. As far as the rings go leave them as is other wise you need to get a ridge reamer to get them out and hone the bores to accept the rings to give them a chance to survive. The work and cost will just keep adding up.
Put the thing back together and run it till it won't run anymore! Than go put good money into a good block and do things right from the start. The motor was not balanced at the factory so i would not put the money into that on this particular block. Save your money for gas!
Personally i would
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