I'm replacing the short block because mine uses a lot of oil under boost. I know the engine was abused when it was running 18-21psi for a short time years ago with out a proper tune.
I plan to keep the car for a few more years and I'm tired of adding oil 2-3 times a week.
I'm also dropping my home PC (crashes alot) off at the repair shop after work today before I start disconecting the engine. I'll take photo's but may not be able to post them from the GF's lap top. It's a HP and a pain to use. I hope to have the PC back soon.
I figure this whole engine R&R should take a couple of weeks. I have my own engine hoist and engine stand so I'm under no pressure to have it out because I have to return the hoist. But I don't want to waste to much time either.
I'll remove the external items from the engine than drop the old long block and the new short block off to my buddies machine shop and have them give me back a long block after they freshen up the heads.
I guess I'll offer the old short block up for sale if someone wants one to rebuild that has not blown up.
I have new flywheel bolts and a torx plus 50 coming from Fred Beans, I have to call them and give them another CC# because the bank called on Monday and said that card had been compromised. If it ain't one thing its another...
I'll wait to inspect the oil pick up tube before I decide to buy a after market one.
I have Mike at AZPinstalls getting me a oil pump, I did buy the Spec clutch from him and the replacement bearing for the TSK3 kit that is on the tranny.
Spec sent me the insert for the FW. I bought the ARP head studs and NGK plugs from my Tuner, Tuning Alliance.
Think that's it for now, time to go to work.
193k, 5/20/12 new ej257 short block, 8/20/11 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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