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Old 09-29-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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I'm seriously considering purchasing a shortblock, and was hoping to get you guys' opinions on it.

How do the bores look in the pictures? Should I ask for any other pictures?
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There is nothing too alarming there but I would hone and re-ring if it were mine. There are some vertical marks from skirt slap. In one pic it looked worse in #4 cylinder which would suggest to me it may have seen low oil at one point but please don't trust my opinion after a 3 second look at a picture. You look at it and decide if there is merit to my concern.

My opinion is that is not a perfect short block that has a lot of life left in it, even though it very well may. As a buyer I feel you need to look at that as a core and buy accordingly.
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This engine is supposed to have 200 miles or less on it. Skirt slap and low oil can develop that soon after a rebuild?
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Yes, and no. It is my opinion that you can see the ridge at the top of the cylinder from ring wear and that does not happen in 200 miles. Also, sure seems like a lot of carbon for 200 miles but I am not sure of that one. I have never pulled apart and engine with that low of miles! I am interested to hear what other have to say about this....
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I agree: no way is that engine looking healthy
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I agree: no way is that engine looking healthy
Price is $2350 shipped for it, I'm assuming that it's a Bad Idea?
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I feel that is not a good deal. If they cut corners on one part of the rebuild how do you know that they did not cut corners elsewhere?
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It looks like a motor that was worn out and instead of boring it, was honed and put back together. I would stay far away.
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This engine is supposed to have 200 miles or less on it. Skirt slap and low oil can develop that soon after a rebuild?
Probably wasnt overbored, some homo just slapped stock sized pistons in there and then piston slapped all over town at 8k rpm.
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You don't want that engine, for 2350 you can find a block buy a pistons and rods and get the machine done.
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Price is $2350 shipped for it, I'm assuming that it's a Bad Idea?
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You can have a fresh one built for $2350. Walk away.
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You can have a fresh one built for $2350. Walk away.
By TSE?
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Throw in another $50 and you might get a clean and leak free one
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Um no. Has in no. *******. Way.
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Close. $2600 if you provide the core and pay shipping, and that includes a Boundary oil pump and ARP mains, and it will last more than 200 miles without scuffing the **** out of the bores

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Cross hatch looks good, but not 200 miles good. Camera may be playing tricks, but at the bottom of the piston travel, the hatch seems significantly absent. Scoring is 100% not normal, over-sized pistons and a bore would be in my plans. Far too much carbon. Coolant ports have a sludgy look to them. Yeah, they're normally not that pleasant, but even a sub-10k mile engine wouldn't look like that.

My biggest issue would be the scoring, as it's not in just one area. There's hints of different depth/length scores all around the bore. Pistons are likely not properly sealing.



The mileage is a lie, or it got a super shitty rebuild.
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$700 JDM engines with 30K on them look better than that.
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Late to the party, but I will echo what others have said. To much carbon to be a recent rebuild. Too many scores to be a quality rebuild, if it even was at all. Priced too high for what it is. Too many lies to be a trusted seller.

Walk away.
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