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Old 06-02-2004, 07:21   #1 (permalink)
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engine recon. costs

Hi Everyone

EA 3.9 MPI recon. who supplies and/or fits engines that are value for money
in the Adelaide metro area?

Anyone have stories either good or bad from personal experience,

I have had two quotes over the phone, on from a well known local establishment
who has the attitude "do everything just because it's better" the costs being
$2500 engine
$800 labour for 10 to 11 hours ( $72 per hour?)
$200 incidentals
Total $3500

The second from an establishment recomended by several in the taxi industry,
who suggests doing a "leak down" test on the rings rather than seperating the
engine just on spec. he also notes that replacing the timing cover with one from
an ED fixes the timing cover oil leak problem permantly.
Costs approx for bearing shells, new timing chain etc. rear seal and ancillarys
including labour as $2000

Anyone have thoughts on this ?

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Old 06-02-2004, 07:55   #2 (permalink)
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if your going to rebuild it just turbo it at the same time just as expensive
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for the minimum cost of 2k as you mentioned i would be heading to the auctions and getting a EB/D with a 4.0 and using that instead. you can easily get one thats been hit in the side or the arse for far less than 2k.
think about it...you can buy EAs for less than 2k....is it really worth it spending all this money when you can just do a full engine replacement for far less and take all the smoochie bits off the wreck and sell the rest to recover costs?
thats what id be doing.
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just turbo
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2nd hand EL 4l engine with all accesoried around 600 bucks ...

spare weekend, 1 mate, carton of beer, tools

RESULT: EA with new engine
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good idea evilcheif...
an EL motor would give you alot more power, reliability and economy.
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RESULT: much faster EA :)
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RESULT: much faster EA :)
thast just a positive side effect

but eed250 cut .. better economy and reliability ...

also if u feel fancu you can do teh BTM conversion while at it, but that woudl require wiring loom and ecu ytansplant too .. so bugger that and just use the ea manifold
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Old 06-02-2004, 10:46   #9 (permalink)
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Just bought the EA (Fairmont Ghia 3.9mpi) came with full new suspension (king springs + sensatracks) lpg less than 3years old, new rad. & hoses, rust free, good interior, all electrics work etc. motor good (no leaks) but 257,000


[QUOTE=EvilChief]2nd hand EL 4l engine with all accesoried around 600 bucks ...

Wreakers?

[QUOTE=EvilChief]spare weekend,

plenty of them ( I'm on a Carers pension, wife blind, 3 small kids)

[QUOTE=EvilChief] 1 mate,

mates yes, mechanically minded no.

[QUOTE=EvilChief]carton of beer,

local grog shop, no probs.

[QUOTE=EvilChief] tools

some, prob. not enough,

[other]
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knowledge, PC's no probs, cars before 85 yep, after 85 prob. enuf to get myself
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RESULT: EA with new engine
sounds nearly good..........sigh

Anyone willing to do the work for PC parts?

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Just bought the EA (Fairmont Ghia 3.9mpi) came with full new suspension (king springs + sensatracks) lpg less than 3years old, new rad. & hoses, rust free, good interior, all electrics work etc. motor good (no leaks) but 257,000




sounds nearly good..........sigh

Anyone willing to do the work for PC parts?

Regards Prof. Rabbit

i would do it ... done it plenty of times before, but you are a tad too far away ...

i got a mate in adelaide, but i dont belive he would be much help with an engine conversion ... but i can ask him

oth than taht the only thing you really nee to keep you eye out on is the timing of the cam (and if u never opne the engine up that porblem is solved) and ignition timing ... everything else is bolt on

the most troubl ei had with my last engine conversion was aligning the engine mounts as i had a gearbox hanging off it behind it ... stupid move

othe than that piece of piss ... passed RWC with golden colours
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