1994 YJ Blown 2.5L
Been having some fun with the Jeep this year. I park on the street and don't lock it, because it has a soft top anyway. Someone decided to take out my stereo, break the center console lock, even though it wasn't locked either. And then not steal the stereo, just left it on the seat. Its just an old cassette, but why take it out?!
Got the stereo put back, then I was driving to work Thursday, when my Jeep engine broke. Don't know the history of this motor, but the odometer had 233,000 when I bought it last summer. I had just tuned it up and it was running well, not even using much oil.
Now, to be fair, a couple of weeks ago we went to the dunes for the 2nd time, drove it hard in the sand, you need to rev the 4's a little bit more than the 6's to get up a dune....and then one of my boys mistook the Jeep for a boat, "forgot to check the depth finder" and drowned it in a pond. Fortunately we had two other Jeeps on that trip. We pulled it out and worked on it for about 4 hours to get it running. Major tune-up (plugs, wires, cap, rotor, air filter), sprayed WD 40 in the cylinders to displace water, changed the oil a couple of times, used a stabilizer in the oil (Sea Foam) before and after the oil change.
Here are some pictures of my 4 cylinder jeep motor/boat anchor/grenade. I will need at minimum, a new engine block to fix this.
The connecting rod and piston in the number one cylinder is broken and the broken rod flopping around on the crank managed to punch a very big hole in the side of the block. You can see up into the cylinder through the side. Thatís about as bad as it getsÖ!
So Iím looking for a complete engine or a short block. Iím not adverse to doing an engine swap. I hear the all-aluminum 5.3L Impala V-8 has the same GM 60 bolt pattern as my block. I would need to fabricate a mount for the starter and probably lots of other things, motor mounts, a place for the Impala computer, new flywheel, exhaust routing, higher capacity radiator, bigger fuel pump, wiring, etc, etc Öbut it might be fun!