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Unread 02-19-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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Blaine's Motor Supply

Does anyone have any experience with these guys? They are in Dallas. I am looking at getting a new 258 long block to replace my 27 yo tired and worn out engine. They are about $500 cheaper than Collins Brothers, but I'm reading a bunch of mixed reviews about the quality of their work.. Just curious if anybody else has dealt with them???

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Unread 02-19-2015, 05:32 PM   #2
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Is it a NEW long block or rebuilt?

I'm not a fan of Collins Bros, and find their prices to be pretty high. I guess that's how Dennis pays for those expensive collector cars (Gas Monkey show reference)

You might try checking with some of the local Jeep clubs if you don't get any good answers here.

If I were you, I would probably put in a 4.0L HO engine from 91-98 XJ or YJ. You'll get a nice HP bump, and fuel injection. And good used engines are readily available.
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Unread 02-19-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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Lol.. Yeah, their prices are a little steep.. (And I caught your reference) I would like to do that upgrade, but then I'm dealing with all the electronics for the FI and all that.. Not sure I want that headache.. I also feel that I would end up spending a lot more than I want on the project..
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Unread 02-20-2015, 06:23 AM   #4
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Lol.. Yeah, their prices are a little steep.. (And I caught your reference) I would like to do that upgrade, but then I'm dealing with all the electronics for the FI and all that.. Not sure I want that headache.. I also feel that I would end up spending a lot more than I want on the project..
I'm with you on the headaches of doing a fuel-injected 4.0L swap. I'm just not a big fan of carbs.

I'm not sure that it would be that much more expensive than a rebuilt 4.2...if (BIG IF) you can find a good used motor, ECU and wiring harness. You would also likely have to replace the transmission, so you have a location for the Crankshaft Position Sensor. The biggest issue would be the gauges - I could see that being a pain. You would probably just want to upgrade all your gauges and wire harness to a 91-95.

When I looked at rebuilt 4.0L engines a while back, I was getting quotes about $1500-$2000. What is Blaine charging?
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Unread 02-20-2015, 06:35 AM   #5
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For a reman. 285 long block, they are charging $915 plus core...
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Unread 02-20-2015, 07:43 AM   #6
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For a reman. 285 long block, they are charging $915 plus core...
I'd be worried about that price - it's way lower than I'd expect. They may be cutting corners
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Unread 03-11-2015, 09:09 PM   #7
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Had bad luck with a Blaine's 350 4 bolt long block. Rings took a dump after 30k.

If it was me I would just have the original rebuilt by someone trusted. Then its a drop in and a good zero mile motor. Plus its original.
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Unread 08-12-2015, 08:26 PM   #8
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I'd suggest you call BaerTrax. They have always helped me or pointed in the right direction. I like them and trust them. http://www.baertrax.com/
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