Now that I narrowed the problem (with the help of this forum) with the SSEi, here are the options I have open to me.
1) Rebuild what I have. Mainly just the short block...heads seem to be in good shape, and I can do the rebuild on those myself if I needed to. Same with the */C. But the block is going to have to be pro-built out in town, or if there are a few members who would donate their garage space......
2) Part it out...simplest, probably will get most if not all my money back, and I already have a few members sending me requests "just in case".
3) Swap. Would be easier to locate a Series II than a I, but would the stock trans mate up to it? And could a Series II motor be controled by a Series I ECM, with the chip custom burned for it, or maybe I could go with the Megasquirt system.
Even with a Series II it would be rebuilt...in fact, I can get a S2 l67 right now in the local pull-n-save, though it was involved in an engine fire and it is missing the */c assembly. But even though I am going to go Frankenstein on this car, I'm gonna take my time on it, research what works and what doesn't. Which manufacturers did people go with when it came to rebuild time...crank, pistons, rods, etc....
Also, keep in mind I am going to have a budget of about 300 a month....
So begins project "Monster Reborn"
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1993 SSEi - FrankenJinx - dead and gone.
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