Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Re: Engine re-builders in northern VA
You're giving me a lot of credit I don't think I'm worthy of. But thanks nonetheless! Of course, I do have ya'll to fall back on. Actually, I did want to do it myself, but time and space limitations really have the squeeze on me. And, three little boys who are constantly clamoring for daddy's attention, and not to mention their little hands being so good at getting into/misplacing things... like engine parts laid out on a table (necessary for my ADD-plagued brain to get things right!). You got it right though, so far as having real satisfaction in doing something yourself - you've got to get a real thrill everytime you start up your 4.0. attaboy to you! I WILL do an engine myself... eventually, I am just not so sure now is a good time. We'll see... For now, I'm just going to rehab a seemingly decent engine I have to get me by, and then rebuild one for my other Scrambler to use as a trail Jeep. Hmmm... maybe I will try it myself if I do not have to worry about being w/o my DD. And of course, much depends on whether I get orders for this summer or not... and my monitor won't say one way or another yet. [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] I just love being in purgatory. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
I have a number of starting points: either a '78 258 (w/ heavier crank/flywheel) or a couple of early-mid 80's 258s. (Is the 'heavier' '78 better in regards to inertial energy/torque?) I know the crank and bearing are trashed in the '78; no idea what the cylinders look like yet. I have not torn down the '80's engines yet, so I have no idea what they look like inside. I would go w/ an RV-type cam for low end power, and the HO head. Probably not do F.I. immediately, but rather go MC2100 carb. (My understanding is that if I want low-end power, doing high airflow things like performance intake/big carb/headers is NOT the way to go; rather stay w/ stock equipment.) Motor going into an '82 Scrambler w/ T-18 tranny/D300 TC. Max tire size: 33". I'm not a 'rock-crawler'; more a mud/hill/hunting areas kind of Jeep operator. Appears total cost is around $1200 (give or take).
Thanks for the offer UglyJeep - But, if I come into possession of anymore Jeep motors, I believe my wife could find the strength to somehow 'hide it' somewhere in my nether regions! [img]images/graemlins/censor.gif[/img]
Couple of the guys on the Scrambler forum suggested geting up w/ Steve Johnson over @ JeepXtreme here in Fredericksburg. Anyone know him?
Thanks to all for info/encouragement/assistance.