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How to Spend Engine Fire Insurance Check?
The proverbial check is in the mail. I will get just over $2600 to repair my Scrambler and she will NOT have a salvage or rebuildable title! Overall, I am very happy with the outcome; I might even go as far as saying it is a fair deal.
I definitely need a new: dizzy, plug wires, air filter, various wires and hoses. I also need a new hood with paint. Potentially I need a new valve cover. I have have to pull the engine to clean up the mess and replace a roasted engine mount. So, after fixing these essentials I will have roughly $2000 left over.
I have had the worst luck with this engine (see my many previous post regarding engine knocks and oil consumption). Finally, after two years of hassles and over $2000 invested, she is running right. The only problem is excessive oil consumption. According to most people on this board, this is most likely due a seating problem because the bore was not honed before the re-ring job.
This engine was completely rebuilt 10k miles ago. 8k miles ago she was treated to new bearings and rings (this was when the cylinders were not honed). Less than 1k miles ago I put in another crank, bearing set, harmonic balancer, and #1 rod. Performance wise, I have a Crane RV cam in the engine and a Holley 350 cfm 2 barrel on a stock intake/exhaust set up. This is my daily driver that averages 10k miles per year.
So, should I:
1.) ditch this headache of an engine and start all over with another 258 (I have access to several free blocks)?
2.) just hone the cylinders and re-ring?
3.) add a header and aftermarket intake with the money I will save by not starting all over
4.) swap in a 4.0L fuel injected engine (will this engine bolt up directly to a TF904 auto?)
5.) do the 4.0L head swap?
The budget is firm at $1500-2000 but I have all the time in the world to complete this project. Thanks!