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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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I remember my dad taking a taurus apart to replace the torque converter(different car), and it took him several days, and a special built frame, just to take it apart. We do not even have the jack to lower it out of the car anymore. I agree that it would be more effective to swap engines, but the car has 253,000 miles on it, the cost in tools and parts would undoubtedly total it, probably before I even touch a mounting bolt. The company I'm working for has a truck they are disposing of that I hope to buy. the increased gas usage is not appealing, but this car is approaching the end for me; I am mainly doing this to keep the car going another month or so, and then I will aim to sell it. I believe the crankshaft is fine(apparently removing the crankshaft is an undocumented affair) I'll just get a piston, and see if I can purchase a single piston of rings.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 05:56 PM
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If I were going to only keep it one more month, there is no way I would go through the trouble of fixing it at all. I would send it down the line and start over with the truck you are looking at. You are going to put way more time and effort than you will get back doing that fix.
The other issue, is that I would think there will be way more gremlins in that engine than just a bent rod, and you won't be happy with the outcome of this project. Cold water hitting a hot engine could cause freeze plug issues, things getting warped, there is a multitude of things there.

The other consideration is that the car has 253K on it. Do you really want to put more time and money in a car that has no real value left in it if it were fixed?
If you are sure you want to fix it, I would swap engines before I would throw a different piston into a worn engine, that has been swamped.

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