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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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hi all i am thinking of changing the engine in my truck the only problem is its expensive on the labour to change in a 1997 they want a 12 hours to chamge it i looked less expencive i found just labor is 1000 bucks plus the motor and all thats needed the motor i found with only 98000kl the scrap yard tells me and shipping to my place total 728.00 dollars thats almost 2000 bucks total im wondering if its going to be worth it my engine is the 4.2
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$2000 all in for an engine swap isn't terrible, and 98,000 km is low mileage...gamble there is you have no maintenance history on the new engine and no idea how hard those 98,000 km's were driven.

Somewhere down the line you gotta ask yourself if you're going to keep pouring money into a fifteen year old truck.

Things aren't going to get any better as far as breakdowns go, but I understand not everyone's in a position to buy new.

There's a healthy used market out there , say for something that's 5 years old, but that's going to depend on where you're at budget wise.

On the flip side, you might spend the cash and get 150,000 km out of it no problem.

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Somewhere down the line you gotta ask yourself if you're going to keep pouring money into a fifteen year old truck.
Why not? I do. And mine is a '95. I also understand that not everyone can afford a new truck. However, a used truck can be an even bigger nightmare. I changed the maintenance history on mine and it's been a better truck for it.

Changing an engine is not that big of a deal. Good time to do some upgrading and fix some of the engineering screw ups. If you do change the engine, r/r the rear main oil seal and oil pan gaskets and engine mounts. Since you'll have the oil pan off, a high volume oil pump might also be a good investment.

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Why not? I do. And mine is a '95. ....
That's true, and you're going to KEEP pumping money into it, that's one of the reality's of vehicle ownership no matter how old the vehicle.

As they age, they need more and more maintenance and they're going to wear out..... your money, you can spend it any way you see fit.

Ask for opinions and you'll get them, here two so far.

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Providing the truck is in good shape it may be worth it you can spend the 2G on a engine, it's a heck of allot less expensive then a new or newer truck, my truck is a 98' and still going, The way I see it you can pump some money into a older truck to rebuild it or keep it going or pump it into a newer one if you dont mind the cost

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well the floor on my side bad shape need 2 corners cab need the piece that u put your foot on when u get in on both sides i know il need rear brakes and drums my transfer case is going to be only one year old nesxt month was totally rebuilt last november
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well the floor on my side bad shape need 2 corners cab need the piece that u put your foot on when u get in on both sides i know il need rear brakes and drums my transfer case is going to be only one year old nesxt month was totally rebuilt last november
So you need to rebuild the cab and install rocker panels plus do a brake job, and you want to change the motor so other than the 2g your sinking into that now your gonna sink a shit load into the cab just to keep your old truck on the road. Why not use that money on a newer truck in better shape

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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around where i live people keep them on the road till it dies this one will last me the winter i hope thats why im looking around but i only find scrap around here and i cannot afford another one at this time i ow to much money so i hope this one last me the winter if not then im going to hide myself in the closet and stay their lol lol
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Small block fords have the same bell housing as a 4.2 you could slam a carbed 302 in there pretty quick I bet

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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i am going to let the truck die on its own then will by what i can afford hopefully will be another ford
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