Yes, that is a seatbelt on the hook. Don't do this.
'The idea behind this story came to our inbox by way of one of our readers. Glad said, "It's a picture of a guy washing off his mains with a garden hose." The guy in question races Camaros on lots of boost and nitrous. He wrote in to tell us that when he blows up one engine, he goes to the junkyard and gets another one, hoses it down, drops it in, and goes racing again. We all thought this was completely crazy, but kinda cool too, and it got us wondering how little money we would need to rebuild an engine.
A third quick, prepurchase check is to drop the oil pan. Check this out-that's the oil-pum
Of course there are a lot of variables with this situation. Yes, it is possible to buy a junkyard engine, hose it off, and put it in your car. You may get lucky and the engine will run fine for a while, or you could end up with a turd like the Gremlin 304 we stuck in the CC/Rambler last year. That engine labored to an 18-second eighth-mile elapsed time and oiled down the mufflers from Los Angeles to San Diego and back on the '06 Anti-Tour. Here's what you need to consider: Is it financially responsible to buy a string of junkyard motors? Do you want to swap an engine every year?
The good news was that our combustion chambers were in good shape. Here Hernandez points o
We're calling this story the cheapest rebuild ever, but we're approaching it from an angle that will help you make educated decisions when buying and rebuilding a junkyard engine. We want to show what to look for in an engine, what parts can be reused, how to tell if something is too worn out to be reused, and how to reassemble the engine, all while spending as little money as possible. To that end, Glad yanked a supercrusty 302 from the yard, and we took it over to the folks at JMS Racing Engines in El Monte, California, for their assistance in our budget rebuild. Here goes nothin'.
|CAM SPECS |
|Camshaft || Duration || Duration @ || Lift ||Lobe Separation |
| ||(Adv.) || 0.050 in. || (in.) ||(degrees) |
|Summit hydraulic || |
|flat-tappet, SUM-K3601 |
|Intake || 276 || 218 || 0.471 || 114 |
|Exhaust || 286 || 228 || 0.471 || |
Our first piece of advice is to inspect as much of the engine as possible BEFORE you pull
We checked with JMS' cylinder-head guru Pete Hillemeyer, who said the valves should look l
It's a wise idea to establish a good relationship with a machine shop. That way you'll hav