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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Motor failure!?!?!?! What a day

What a depressing day. Recently I started back working on my jeep in order to bring back to daily driver status. I upgraded the carb, had some minor rust on the floor pan repaired and had the interior lined with bed liner. I put in new seats and picked up a security console to keep my gear from getting stolen. After the carb upgrade she was running better than ever. Was planning on doing brakes next. I went out this morning and started it. I had the hood up trying to identify a squealing belt and as I stood there watching it warm up the motor seized. It went from a full smooth fast idle to an abrupt stop. I turned the key and the starter just over amps. Jeez this is not what I needed right now.

I have been scouring the classifieds on here looking for a used motor. I need to find something I can afford right now to last me a while. When my situation improves I can get a reman motor and do this right but for now I need to find a long block for a good price.

If anyone has one in decent condition or if anyone knows someone that does please keep me in mind and PM me. Thanks.

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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Hey Wendell, haven't shipped that bellhousing yet. Want me to hold off? Let me know ASAP - I can refund your payment if it helps cover the costs of a new motor.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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Hey Wendell, haven't shipped that bellhousing yet. Want me to hold off? Let me know ASAP - I can refund your payment if it helps cover the costs of a new motor.
I'll need it even with the motor issue. I plan on staying with the 258 and using my T5 as I cant afford to upgrade right now.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 03:10 PM   #4
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OK, sorry for the troubles. We've all been there, if it's not one thing it's another.
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OK, sorry for the troubles. We've all been there, if it's not one thing it's another.
No issues - the motor was on the to do list but I honestly thought I had another year or two out of it. Its just a hurdle.
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You might also try searching for an "engine", instead of a "motor".

Some people actually know the difference and use the correct terminology.

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Have you considered a 4.0L as a replacement? There are a lot of them out there. With a little manipulation you can run it carbureted if you want to.
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Some over here in Houston

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/3661570595.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/pts/3658898683.html
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Thanks for the links - I''ll certainly look into them. I have hit up a few JF'ers that have "engines" in the classifieds as well.
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Have you considered a 4.0L as a replacement? There are a lot of them out there. With a little manipulation you can run it carbureted if you want to.
I've not yet considered that. At this time I am trying to find the quickest, cheapest easiest possible replacement. I may once I learn more about what it takes to do it and what it would cost. At this time I am hoping to find a drop in replacment that will give me a few years.
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So it was cold, idling and just suddenly seized????????

That does not sound right, they can seize in a number of ways but the most common are due to overheating when the moving parts expand and clearances tighten up, or a complete absence of lube but you get nasty sounds before the bearings seize. If it was a broken cam or cam drive you would hear the valves hitting and it would take the rockers off the cylinder head.

Before you get too far you may want to drop the sump and look at the big end bearings and then take off the valve cover and have a look. Try rotating the end of the crankshaft back and forth.
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