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Re: I need a new engine , what do you suggest? Help!
when i did my engine, i went with a long block from jasper. their warranty is unbeatable. they also sell a 'finishing kit' with a new water pump, gaskets and some other things. the motor itself ran around $2400, and the kit was another $100 or so. while i had the motor out, i changed a few of the harder to get to stuff. i also replaced alot of the sensors that go on the engine.
as far as a new carb, get a weber. its like a sunburned woody...ya just cant beat it.
with the motor out, take a look at all your wiring harnesses fix or repair what doesnt look right. same with the vacuum crap. if you are gonna stick with the bbd and stock setups, search thru the links i found earlier today and listed in the post titled 'sources of mucho info' that has a few links to the off-road performance mods, and alot of other links to good ideas and tips.
back to the engine.....the standard jasper rebuilt 258 long block will be at specs. no over/under sized bearings, that stamping mark on the oil filter boss is machined off. basically, its blue printed. when the cylinders are re-bored, they use over size pistons to keep it within spec and maintain the 258's bore and stroke. i went with a long block because it didnt make any sense to get my head redone seperately, this way, its already matched and installed. now would be the most perfect time to do a 4.0 head swap, just get yourself a short block from jasper and get a newly redone 4.0 head(redone for use on the 4.2 block). might as well have a set of headers put on too. everything is easy access once the engine is out. i just wish i woulda thought about doin some of this stuff on mine back in 97. one thing i did do was change the clutch. that was kinda like a no brainer.
i changed out my engine at 150k, i have over 70k on my jasper engine and its running like a raped ape. still running strong. next one will be another jasper.