i'm in utah... I could probably get an engin for about $150. Would a
head gasket repair or an engine swap be less expensive? I think i can do
the head gasket myself but i dont have the tools to do an engine swap.
this is one of those things you have to weigh all the facts.
changing out the engine will involve at least a cherry picker. it is
going to be a lot of nut and bolt operations.
tearing the heads down is only the tip of the ice burg. while they are
off, you will need to see if they are true and haven't warped. then,
you may have a valve problem. any kind of machine work will easily
surpass the complete engine price.
i guess, as a suggestion, since you have nothing to lose, would be to
tear down the heads, if they are in bad shape, could find other heads
or do the engine swap from there. at least, it's a plan.....
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