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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-09-2001, 12:51 AM
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How much to replace 2.8?

I have a 1987 2.8/AT combo. It has a rear main seal that is going bad. Is this an expensive problem? Perhaps I could just replace the whole motor? Whatcha guys think?

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Re: How much to replace 2.8?

Reading your previous posts and your planned lift&tire size, the bigger engine, the better. You could go with a 3.4L V-6 from a GM f-body(93-95 Camaro/Firebird) or go for a 350 with a nice 700R-4/NP321 behind it. That combined with 4.56 gears and 33-35" tires should be great! The 3.4 will bolt right up to your present transmission, but will only produce 180-190HP TOPS and thats at a higher RPM than a 90 degree engine. For what you'd have in a 3.4 swap, you could likely buy a good used 350TBI/700R-4/NP231 from a wrecked truck. It depends on what you plan on doing with the truck. Oh, BTW pulling the engine and or trans is a PIA and should only be done once, so make it count! If you think the 2.8 has life left in it still and will produce enough power to turn the lower gears and larger tires, just replace the seal. Also a good time to fix ALL the oil leaks(remote oil filter lines, oil pan gasket) Good luck.
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Re: How much to replace 2.8?

thanks for the info. I will more than likely do the 350 swap. I live by rancho cordova, ca, which has more wrecking yards than any place I have ever been to. I can get a 350tbi/700r4/231 complete for less than 1500$.

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Re: How much to replace 2.8?

I know- it sucks out here with all the laws! I am familiar with the laws concerning this- www.allangoodson.com thats my dads jeep- 550 HP Wrangler 5.0 6PSI charged, 40" Boggers.

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