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Old 05-04-2019, 02:19 AM   #31
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Nicely done, good luck

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Old 05-05-2019, 06:15 AM
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Thanks. I cleaned up the engine yesterday and it looks like a valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket needs to be done. It's not without issues that's for sure. For the price with repairs though, I'm way under budget (so far, I know that will change).

It's pretty loud and it may have a slight knock that I'm going to need to troubleshoot. It sat for a bit so it may be a lifter.

Anyone know the approximate labor costs of an engine swap in case this turns out to be an issue? Doesn't seem to hard to do, but i may leave it to pros.

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Old 05-05-2019, 06:03 PM   #33

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What worked for me to cure a noisy lifter (4.2) was a couple treatments of Seafoam. The first one helped a lot and the secons treatment cured it. I don't drive all that much, so an oil & filter with service twice a year keeps everything functioning.

Another annoying noise I has was my timing chain slapping against the inside of the timing cover. A new timing set cured that.

What seems to be the case on many of these old heaps, is the PO puts off maintenance items like oil changes and lube jobs. Then once the vehicle craps out, those of us that are mechanically inclined, buy them (hopefully cheap) and go through them to bring them back to reliability.

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Old 05-06-2019, 07:08 AM   #34
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Kibbis I had the tap too, I have a new head on the way, I was gonna do the lifters anyway but I made a mess with the existing one. I’m not going to do the cam(I’m not a mechanic) however I’m gonna take my time and get it back up and going. Maybe I should have listened to some of the more experienced guys here and tried the seafoam.

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