How much money does your buddy have???
There's the Euro Shop in Lake Villa. My only experience with them is when my brake light switch went out when I was VERY new to my truck. I think the total out the door to replace it was almost $200!!!! That was the only time I've ever had someone else work on my truck. The guy there, Glenn, is very nice and I guess does good work but IDK at what cost.
Here's their info.
There's also Midwest Motors in Lake Zurich. A bit further drive but the mechanic there, George, is good.
've done head gaskets but never an engine swap. I do have an engine hoist he could borrow and would be willing to lend a hand.
It's not a black or dark D2 with roof rack, ladder, and steel wheels is it????