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  • BBR
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    I was quoted $75 to do a sleeve. I have to haul it about 45 miles, but that's no biggie. These guys' bread and butter is repairing/rebuilding well motors so they do plenty of sleeves. They even have a proven technique to install a sleeve without total engine disassembly, but I think I will just tear it all the way down to be safe.

    It shouldn't run too much $$$$. Full gasket set $70, Sleeve $75. The only kicker is if the piston in that hole is damaged. I don't know if I can just buy a single.... may have to buy a full set. If that is the case, I will probably upgrade to a forged piston just for kicks.

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  • CTX-SLPR
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    I got quoted $125 to sleeve a hole on a Stage II V6 once but I decided that with the cost of a sleeve then the possiblity of loosing the fit of the rest of the pistons it was better to find a new block since I didn't want to pay to have all 6 holes sleeved as either insurance or standardization to use the high dollar custom forged pistons again. Passed on the whole package.

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  • milner351
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    would you be better off getting another block?

    You might as well have it sonic checked before you sleeve it to see if any of the other cylinders are thin.

    By the time I had my 428 block sleeved it cost about $350 -- I'd think you could get another 460 block pretty easy for that kind of money.... I hope you can get yours done cheaper.

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  • BBR
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    This block was a low mileage motor I bought from a local guy. It had been sitting in the corner of his shop for years. I had it cleaned, decked and bored 0.030" and never thought twice about magnafluxing it. I've never messed with that in the past and never had a problem.

    So, now I'll pull it (driver's side headers.... please kill me now) strip, sleeve and poke it back in. Maybe I've learned a thing or two about putting it all together, so maybe it will go faster this time.

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  • milner351
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    Dangit!

    What's the history of this engine?

    I thought you'd just rebuilt it?

    Dang - that stinks!

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  • BBR
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    Yep. Unless there are 7 other timebombs awaitng me.

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  • HoosierGTA
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    What would be the plan now,sleeve it? Sorry to see that.

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  • tiresmoke!
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    :o :o :o :o :o

    poop......that's gotta be a heartbreaker.

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  • BBR
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    "EFF"

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  • Scott Liggett
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    Nothing makes a man more proud than making his kids cry every time he starts his car. Now, take it around the neighborhood and scare the rest of the kids.


    Sounds really nice.

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  • BBR
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    Updating this thread.... It runs.... and scares my kids.

    http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2v9qi5u&s=3

    ;D

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  • BBR
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    Ha ha. I'm 6'3" and fit ok I guess. I haven't tried it with a helmet on yet though.... :o

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  • dpaqu
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    If you flip from the first page to this one and it looks almost easy.



    I just looked at a ranger for sale with a leaking head gasket (coolant) it was an '84 and I could not fold myself into that thing without putting my feet under the pedals. I guess I forgot how small these small trucks could be.

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  • milner351
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    LOOKING GREAT!

    I have the 8.8, 4.10, and C4 for mine, need to see my buddy to get the C4 built, then get the truck back into the shop, and the thrashing begins - I'll post pics once I have some.

    Thanks again for the inspiration!

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  • BBR
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    Worked a little today:









    I need hoses now.

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