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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Re: Reputable 258 rebuilt engine?
Whoa! Too much time w/ Leve it appears... judging from what he posted while I was typing up my post, he's rubbing off on me. Thanks LEVE!
For the record: I did NOT plagiarize!! [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
NO! You should have joined the Marine Corps... then you would have a chance of being up here in VA and we could be experiencing the same sorts of 'excitement' on our respective Scramblers... together! And, thereby learning from one another's trials & errors.
Besides, if you'da joined the AF, you would have to work on your Scrambler in one of their well-funded and equipped air conditioned auto hobby shops. If the Army's shop is like the MC's, yours has the nice sultry/humid air wisping through the decently-equipped shop... but definitely not as state-of-the-art as the AF's A-1 facilities. I'm happy w/ what we have though... better than nuthin'.
I've heard great things about Jasper engines (out of Indiana)... if you can afford it. Me, I'm buying up cheap 258's and am going to rebuild a motor in my garage. I'll piece out the machining and other technical stuff that is over my head (most), but try to do the grunt work myself. I've got to stop procrastinating though, my oil pressure keeps going, going, going lower and lower. I've got all of about 9 psi at idle now. Not much more time to spare.
My suggestion is to ask around and find a good mechanic who can mentor you there locally (Leve is a great mentor here and via e-mail). I found a local one (pre-Leve) via asking at my church and work. Same name came up from 3-4 different people. Great guy and fellow Christian - tough combo to beat.
Then watch the classifieds and eBay, and check the local junkyards for a rebuildable 258. They seem to be incredibly cheap these days. I have bought two 'good' ones in the past two weeks; one for $19.99 (eBay) and one for $25.00 from a post on this board. Buy it local (w/in a couple of hours drive) so you can pick up yourself and avoid shipping costs. Then just tear it down and rebuild - lots of help here on this board. This way you can continue to drive your Scrambler (I'm assuming it is your daily driver) until you are ready to swap in whole new engine all at once. Ouila! You're only 'down' for a day or two. Engine stands are relatively cheap, if you cannot corner one at the hobby shop for a few weeks.) Anyhow, that is what I'm doing...
Well, welcome to the board (and the military). I'm a newbie to the board myself, but like you, have already learned tons from just reading and searching. And, like Leve is fond of saying: Participate! You might think about documenting your 'inexperienced' experience of rebuilding your engine for the edification of the future new members of the board.(I would, but I'm so dang scatterbrained, I'd have even the old salts around here scratching their heads.)
Take care and good luck w/ your Scrambler. (Send me a PM sometime and tell me about it.)
Take care and Godspeed in your Scrambler work.