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Unread 07-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Good Mechanic for Powertrain Swaps in Oregon

I recently talked to a local mechanic (Chuck) about pulling my 4.0L so I could have it rebuilt, he said that long run I'd be better off swapping it for a GM LS 350 and a 5 speed which is what I would love to do, but it is pricey and I would like a second opinion before I dive into something like this. My buddy use to work for Leonard, but he said he is trying to stick to axles. Whether or not that is still the case I don't know. Other than these guys I don't know any mechanics in the Portland area, Please Help!

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Unread 07-09-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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Ignore him and stick to the 4.0L. Unless it's as tired as a 258 with 200K on it you don't need to blow a bunch of money to go to a completely new drivetrain. I seriously doubt you have trouble driving West up the 26 like I do and for whatever you do you're already better off cycling through an updated catalog full of performance options for the 4.0L.
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Unread 07-09-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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Ignore him and stick to the 4.0L. Unless it's as tired as a 258 with 200K on it you don't need to blow a bunch of money to go to a completely new drivetrain. I seriously doubt you have trouble driving West up the 26 like I do and for whatever you do you're already better off cycling through an updated catalog full of performance options for the 4.0L.
It's a 2000 4.0 with 175k on it. I just hope I don't rebuild the motor and have the transmission give out a year later.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 02:14 AM   #4
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Strength issues? I don't know what the AW4 is like because I don't use modern transmissions but my torqueflite is plenty troublesome whenever I let someone ELSE try to rebuild it for me. It's the easiest automatic I've ever overhauled but people seem to cut corners in everything. I've always found it better to avoid outside help in these matters.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 04:13 PM   #5
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I couldn't imagine hiring an unknown mechanic to take on a project like this.

Too expensive, too risky.
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