I went to pull a part and grabbed a few bits off a 96 GLT. Got the factory fog lamps, switch, relays, rubber surrounds to go around the fog lights etc. Also grabbed a throttle cover.
I was looking for a decent rebuildable NA head to take to the machine shop, in hopes that I could have one rebuilt and ready to slap on the engine.
But, I’m a little torn.
Idk the mileage on this engine. My friend Chad works at the shop it was serviced at since new and said they kept up on the maintenance for the most part.
Odo is broken, around 150k miles iirc. I need to find the correct mileage. I have an app and a Bluetooth module for that and will grab it soon.
The last timing belt was done in 2013 at 229k if I believe what’s written on the top of the ecu box.
So, I don’t think it’s out of reason to assume it might have 300k or more on it.
So I’m debating how I decide whether I look for a low mile NA engine or do a head slap.
Since it’s a kids car and there’s a good chance it might be wrecked or otherwise damaged, I’m not sure it’s the right fiscal decision to rebuild a head etc - a whole engine might be faster and cheaper. Any engine is gonna need PCV, timing kit, wires, plugs, etc.
My machine shop was $300 for the last head I had decked and a valve job done on. I have a spare gasket set on hand, but it’s not OE gaskets and I only use Volvo gaskets on my 850Rs.
It starts and runs and sounds good other than lifter ticking. I didn’t let it run long since there’s no coolant in the engine.
I imagine the lifters may stop ticking when they fill up with oil. If I grab a head to rebuild, I’d try to grab a 98 for sure to get the updated lifters.
So, I’m kicking around how I decide whether to do a head rebuild or swap the entire engine.