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Unread 06-30-2011, 12:36 PM   #46
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Thanks for the tips so far everyone. I just got an email from the guy with the 88 short block, only has 83k on it. Might be picking it up today! How much do these things weigh? Here's a picture of it as it sits.

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Unread 06-30-2011, 02:27 PM   #47
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Thanks for the tips so far everyone. I just got an email from the guy with the 88 short block, only has 83k on it. Might be picking it up today! How much do these things weigh? Here's a picture of it as it sits.
I think the 4.0L is a bit heavy. I am thinking 350-400 lbs.
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Unread 06-30-2011, 04:09 PM   #48
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Okay, that's fine. He has a lift, and I'll be putting it in the back of my jeep on a tire. I'll be grabbing it tomorrow morning. I'm stoked.
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Unread 07-01-2011, 01:45 PM   #49
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Got the engine! Pictures later. Said he used 20 50 oil in it?
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Unread 07-01-2011, 02:19 PM   #50
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Got the engine! Pictures later. Said he used 20 50 oil in it?
Unless he was trying to mask loose rings. It shouldn't have loose rings at that milage. Some people grew up that 20W-50 was racing oil. The drag racers used it, so it must be good for the street. I ran that weight in a 351W. It cost me about 2 mpg. I'd try Rotella. a 10w-40 should be good. Some are running 15W-40. I think I ran that in my RENIX 4.0L. It did OK. Rotella is formulated for diesels. The older ones. It should have a higher content of Zinc. That should protect your tappets and cam lobes. Also, I remember you are in Florida. So, higher temps, means a bit thicker oil. I'd probably gage it by what PSI of oil pressure the motor runs.
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Unless he was trying to mask loose rings. It shouldn't have loose rings at that milage. Some people grew up that 20W-50 was racing oil. The drag racers used it, so it must be good for the street. I ran that weight in a 351W. It cost me about 2 mpg. I'd try Rotella. a 10w-40 should be good. Some are running 15W-40. I think I ran that in my RENIX 4.0L. It did OK. Rotella is formulated for diesels. The older ones. It should have a higher content of Zinc. That should protect your tappets and cam lobes. Also, I remember you are in Florida. So, higher temps, means a bit thicker oil. I'd probably gage it by what PSI of oil pressure the motor runs.
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That's funny you mention that, he said he uses to drag race back in the day. Said that's all he ran. Thanks for the input! Still haven't gotten it out of the back of the jeep yet, that should be a puzzle.
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Unread 07-02-2011, 03:07 PM   #52
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Here;s some pictures. I'm trying to find the bolt sizes for the back to mount it to the engine stand. If anyone knows, let me know. It's an '88 block.
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Unread 07-02-2011, 06:50 PM   #53
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Turns out that the top bolts are 3/8's and the bottom ones are 7/16's for the '88 block. Got it out of my jeep by myself with just an engine stand. That thing is a beast.
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Unread 07-02-2011, 09:15 PM   #54
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I am thinking of building a stroker on the cheap. I can get a complete engine at the junkyard for 199.99$ plus a 25$ core charge...
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Unread 07-02-2011, 11:48 PM   #55
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Didn't realize I needed much shorter bolts, 4 or 5 inch will probably do. Getting grade 8 hardware for the top, too. First thing to do tomorrow.
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Unread 07-03-2011, 06:04 AM   #56
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The first thing I would do is hose everything down with Royal Purple or Purple Power or some crazy-strong cleaner and pressure wash it. That's what I did with mine and it made everything so much nicer to work on.
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My buddy is in the pressure washing/ sealing business, so he has the real deal to get it cleaned up. Hot hot water and a serious pressure washer ought to do it.
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I would worry about getting water where you don't want it and getting rust.
I use cheap Autozone brake parts cleaner. Its the best degreaser you can use.
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Unread 07-03-2011, 06:03 PM   #59
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Fixed it up
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I would worry about getting water where you don't want it and getting rust.
I use cheap Autozone brake parts cleaner. Its the best degreaser you can use.
I would worry about it if electrical things were hooked up. As it was, I put a cat food can over the throttle body and taped over the AC compressor and alternator.
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