I was hoping to have money at this point, and fix up ol pearl right.. but unfortunately I don't. I am turning 16 in 3mo and need a car. I almost bought a beater, but some *** bought it right out under me
. I'm still looking for another car, but surprisingly in my price range there isn't many cars [gee who would have thought $200 couldn't get me much car?]. However there is still hope.
Since my trans is still somewhat functional, I will just go for getting the engine running. The giant hole in my block can be fixed by just by welding some 1/8" steel over it [i have welder access]. So that takes care of the hole. Running the engine on 4cyl isn't practical for daily use, however putting on two used rods and pistons is. There are a few ways I can go about doing it. Listed cheapest to most expensive.
1. Go with just slapping on two used rods with the bearings they come with and hoping for the best. Oil pressure will suck, but it sucked before anyways.
2. Put on the two used rods with new bearings on just those two rods, or new bearings all around.
3. Get the crank checked out by machine shop to perhaps resurface it[unlikely, but I thought i'd throw it in there], new bearings, and used rods.
4. New/used crank, if used good or good enough of course, new bearings, two new rods.
If possible, I would just use the stock piston rings [that is if they want to come off, or aren't already dead], for the best seal [not that it would make that much of a difference]. I could do all of the work from the bottom of the engine to save on head/intake gaskets.
Tell me what you guys think, which option would be [cheapest] best. I'm thinking it may be worth it to do #4.. because if the engine grenades again it probably won't be fixable.