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Old September 22nd, 2015, 04:01 PM
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4.0 V8 No Compression

I was eyeballing a new project when i found a Disco I for sale. It has over 200,000 miles on the 4.0 engine. The previous owner had an over heating issue and drove it home anyways. Once there, the truck would not start up again. It sat for over 5 years until he decided to put it on the market. The engine turns over very freely, like there is 0 compression on the cylinders. he claims its just the head gasket that failed and would be fine if somebody just replaced it. I have never had a car with a totally blown HG. i replaced the one on my 3.9 RRC so i'm aware of what it takes, but im wondering if the COMPLETE lack of compression might be a sign of something worse going on...Should i buy it anyways? At the price, i could part it and still come out OK...anybody ever had a compression issue like the one i described?

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Old September 22nd, 2015, 11:08 PM
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"The previous owner had an over heating issue and drove it home anyways"

this probably means the engine is toast.. I.e. if it were mine and free i would buy a replacement engine rather than cross your fingers and hope that dumping money into it helps. Head gasket kits are relatively cheap (~$100 or so) but overheating badly could/does mean lots of other issues are present.

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New used engine. Plus whatever caused the overheat. I assume under $1000 price.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 02:08 AM
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I'd be as worried about it sitting for 5 years, at least the engine can be dealt with but that kind sitting will bring about all kinds of other issues too. That's a $500 parts rig.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 06:18 AM
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The price as it sits is $800. I was told it could be a timing chain or even broken cam by some forum mechanics...Any thoughts on that...?
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 06:42 AM
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Never heard of a TC breaking. They stretch so its possible. But overall, that truck is one soft heart away from the junk yard.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 06:55 AM
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Thats too much money for a truck with 200k on the clock.
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 07:07 AM
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What color is it?


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Old September 23rd, 2015, 08:14 AM
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White, it doesnt have any sunroofs, but the interior is in really good shape. and the body is straight as an arrow with VERY little surface rust (none in the pillars)

http://harrisonburg.craigslist.org/cto/5203713693.html
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Old September 23rd, 2015, 08:19 AM
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I think I know the truck in question and I think it has already been sold....

edit: just saw the ad, I do know that truck and I'm sure it has been sold!


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Old September 23rd, 2015, 08:34 AM
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I think I know the truck in question and I think it has already been sold....

edit: just saw the ad, I do know that truck and I'm sure it has been sold!


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Looks like i dont have to worry about anymore. Still i would like to know what was wrong with it...
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