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Remanufactured 150/258/360s for only $550!!!!

I just got off the phone with a guy in Dallas that has several remanufactured 2.5l(151),4.2l(258)and 5.9l(360) AMC/Jeep engines. These engines were purchased from a rebuilder that went out of business. The rebuilder was a former supplier to NAPA and they are rebuilt with all new parts. You can get a long block in any of the above sizes for $550 cash and carry no warranty. What do you guys think? I think I am going to go get one. All of the rebuilt engines I have priced at the parts stores are $1000 or more and have at least a $250 core charge. For $550 I don't think I can go wrong. I had visions of doing a 4.0 swap but I can't justify spending close to $2000 for the swap. For under $1000 I can have a running 258 with 0 miles. Comments??????

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Re: Remanufactured 258s for only $550????

BUT

if they turn out to be junk (no warranty is scary and a gamble), you are $500 further away from a 4L swap

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Re: Remanufactured 258s for only $550????

The guy said he originally purchased 300 engines from this rebuilder. He has 100 left and nobody has tried to bring one back. They are sold wrapped on a pallet with the complete gasket set. Just like if you bought one at any parts store.

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Could always rebuild yours and know the quality inside...just a thought. Also, check your email

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He put well over 100k investment into engines?????

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Re: Remanufactured 258s for only $550????

There was a pretty big engine rebuilder out of Los Angeles that supplied engines to Napa, Auto Zone, Kragen. They were called 'Bonded'. It was a pretty big outfit. Apparently, they went out of business because they didn't reserve enough resources for warranty returns. I know because I had one that went bad, but they were out of business.

It's not a lot of money you're talking about, so it seems to be a toss up. The guy at Napa said they had a really good experience with those engines, but thought the company grew too fast and couldn't manage cash flow. FWIW.



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a 360 with new parts for 550?
damn let me know if you get it and how it turns out
i just spent 350 on a 360 in need of a ring job plus


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Re: Remanufactured 258s for only $550????

Hey Raymo,

That is the manufacturer. I couldn't remember the name. The guy said it was Bonded. Thanks for the tip. I think I am headed to Dallas tomorrow. I will check everything out and then post my findings.

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Here is an article I found about Bonded from a engine trades magazine.
"Another Approach

In a completely different niche is Los Angles-based Bonded Motors, a publicly held company that focuses on large volume application and volume buyers. This company has invested in the capabilities to be an efficient, low-cost producer.

A relatively young firm, Bonded Motors had only $10 million in sales in 1994. In 1996, the year it went public, sales reached $18 million, by 1997 $25 million and in 1998, after Bonded Motors became an authorized engine producer for NAPA, sales exploded to $38 million, an increase of 52%. There are some problems in rapid growth Bonded earnings per share fell off sharply in 1998. Nevertheless, the companu is confident that over the next few years it will meet its targets of gross margins of 25% and net profit averaging 4.41/2%."


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Definately post your findings I would be interested for that price also.

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Re: Remanufactured 258s for only $550????

definatly let us know, if its s good deal, i might drive up there and pick on up too. Been thinking of converting my Scrambler back to a 6 cylinder, and even if I don't I could always use the engine to trade for something else I need in the future.

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