First few days on the build have gone well. I emptied out the cab, brought all engine pieces and hardware in the man cave. It looks like all pieces are there, but some of the rust on the crank, camshaft, heads, and pistons are pretty deep. I think the crankshaft may be salvageable, but the cam seems like the rust has penetrated enough to create pits as well as the heads being in bad shape with rust. I knew this would not be a guarantee on all of these pieces, so no big issue there, just would have been easier if everything was in better shape. The block seems to be great, is clean, has been hot tanked.
I am on the fence for next ways to go looking at the motor and pieces in the states they are in. Hereís the overview.
This truck will be the weekend, when in town, get around. I love FSBís and had a 1989 Bronco EB with the 302 for my first vehicle. I have a vehicle for work and travel. This Bronco will be the truck and fun for when Iím in town. So there is no rush on the build, even though I am excited to get it back on the road soon.
With the motor in its state right now, Iím unsure on next steps. If all the major pieces of the motor were in good shape, I was going to rebuild it back to spec and go from there, BUT hereís the options I consider...
A) Buy a long block assembly and use the current motor for a core, less exciting option, but not bad.
B) Go to the pull-a-part and find a 5.8 (or even 5.0 if thereís no issues in swapping it) and get it on the road. While I am using the truck, I will bore out the original motor, have it machined and begin the process of rebuilding it. I DO have 393 pistons, crankshaft, and I believe the 393 intake/exhaust valves. All those parts are salvageable I believe.
Open to your thoughts! at pull-a-part, I know itís a gamble, I would of course do whatever I can to check out what I would pull from in every way possible to at least make sure Iím not picking up a completely trashed motor.
But whatís nice is I think with option B, I can get the truck on the road pretty quick, and have an amazing motor on standby once itís built.
I have been toying with the idea of doing a 4BT swap or swapping in a power stroke from the same gen F250/350. I do know that would require a LOT of work though and am unsure if itís worth the effort. So Iím kind of at a standstill on the motor situation. Sitting back and trying to think what would be best. If I would go the power stroke route, I would get a donor F350 and use it. Would be great to get a straight axle swap and upgrade to a 1 ton drivetrain underneath, but once again, thatís a lot of manhours.
Always open to your thoughts! Iíve enjoyed reading through this forum and am glad to be a part of it.
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