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Old February 23rd, 2005, 03:29 PM
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Any cheap 3.9 blocks floating around?

Anybody have a worn-out but otherwise intact 3.9 floating around?

Thinking about slowly starting my 4.8 Stroker project, looking for the first pieces.

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 03:43 PM
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Uh yeah it has issues.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 04:01 PM
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I think Pendy has some, and ECR has a take-outs page.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 05:39 PM
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Uh, Oh Mike. What issues are we talking about here?

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 06:03 PM
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Headgasket, at a minimum, maybe more, it knocked when it ran low on oil for maybe all of 15 minutes. There was oil in the coolant and it overheated every now and then but I shut it down before it got to hot.

What happened? I went into a mud puddle and the oil cooled adapter on the oil filter got loose and sucked in some water and dirt, then after that it started knocking, tried getting out of the mud and stopped when I saw the oil light on. After that I could not get the oil pressure to stay even after rebuilding the oil pump, when I would start it cold it would be fine, but after 10 min the oil pressure would drop and it would start to knock a little from the valves.

Not sure what it is worth to you or what parts of it you want.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 06:42 PM
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Well, I'm looking for an engine to do a full-out rebuild all the way down to a re-bore, rings and bearings anyways. I'd basically just want the long-block and possibly the timing cover, toss me a few pictures and I'll let you know.

I wonder how much shipping from NH to NY would be?

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 06:43 PM
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There's a guy in L.A. who has my old 3.9 he was going to rebuild, but ran out of cash for his project. He wants to sell it now -- $800.

I'll put you in touch if interested. It's the whole deal -- plenum, heads, pullys, belts, a/c comp, steering pump. 93 and 94 are a pretty good match.

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I have a 3.5 with unknown miles that needs headgaskets at a minimum. The good news is that its free for the taking, you just have to remove it from the truck. Located in Northern Virginia.
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Old February 23rd, 2005, 07:31 PM
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I appreciate the offer, but I need a 3.9 instead of a 3.5 for the build I want to do.

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 08:20 PM
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Hans I can take some pics this weekend. I don't think shipping would be more then $50 if I send it frieght and you pick it up at the shippers dock. What do you want fo pics? Other then the Alt and AC compressor mostly everything is on it, tell me what you don't want.
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My main concerns are the flywheel, oil pan, front cover and things like that. But hell, I'm willing to take anything you'll leave bolted to it :-)

Oh, and i won't need the distributor, I'm going to run an MSD unit.

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 10:02 PM
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Has all that stuff on it now, but the oil pump is built into the front cover, and the oil pumpmay not be working right dues to the inside being screwed up, but it does have new gears, and it prims fine with a drill or when the engine is cold running 10w30, but when it warms up the oil light flickers, then comes on solid and tap tap tap.
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Serpentine type? or V-belt type front cover?

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Old February 23rd, 2005, 10:25 PM
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Vbelt, it's from my 94.
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Well, I may just have to take a look at my finances and submit an offer on this one. I'll let you know.

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Old February 24th, 2005, 07:50 AM
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KO I have pics on the camra from this morning of it, but I don't think I have a way to set them off the camra here at work.
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Old February 24th, 2005, 08:31 AM
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Not to steal mikes thunder but i have a 3.9 with 95k on it out of a disco. It ran perfect before the truck was rolled. It is serpentine. I removed powersteering pump, ac compressor, starter, distributor and a few sensors, everything else is intact would like $400 plus shipping.
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Old February 24th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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Hans, You can call Vinny at the Import Specialist in Paramus NJ. He has them lying around. www.roverspecialist.com
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Old February 24th, 2005, 06:08 PM
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I have a 3.9 long block that ran fine from a d-90...
It is pretty clean (no gunk on the timing chain)
I am sure the camshaft is a bit worn, but I don't think you would want to use that anyway.
I am in zip code 07945
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