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Old 12-27-2006, 11:40 PM   #41
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Night one and I have good information to report.

As long as you have a lift..this is an easy motor. Things are fairly easy to get at.. and wiring harness and most things that seem tough to get to have plenty of slack to let the subframe down a little (4-6" actually) to get at them easier.
Thanks for the report Bill...... unfortunately the guy who owns the van doesnt want to come off the asking price enough (from 3400 to 3200..... it came back as 2900 for good condition at KBB.com and that'll drop another 300-400 at the first of next year) at this point to make a sale, so I've told him what I'd give him and that he could contact me if he'* interested.

We'll see how it goes, but it dont look good at the moment. :(
I have found a few here that were loaded, a couple even had leather and every option... 4000-5000 and they were from 78k to 100k miles.. And they were in great shape

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Night one and I have good information to report.

As long as you have a lift..this is an easy motor. Things are fairly easy to get at.. and wiring harness and most things that seem tough to get to have plenty of slack to let the subframe down a little (4-6" actually) to get at them easier.
Thanks for the report Bill...... unfortunately the guy who owns the van doesnt want to come off the asking price enough (from 3400 to 3200..... it came back as 2900 for good condition at KBB.com and that'll drop another 300-400 at the first of next year) at this point to make a sale, so I've told him what I'd give him and that he could contact me if he'* interested.

We'll see how it goes, but it dont look good at the moment. :(
I have found a few here that were loaded, a couple even had leather and every option... 4000-5000 and they were from 78k to 100k miles.. And they were in great shape
Yeah..... this one is pretty basic with the only real option being rear air and roof racks. He'* hung up on recooping the money he put in the tranny replacement. I'm sorry, but that'* not my issue. I dont mind paying a little extra for it, but when you take a vehicle booking for 3k and put a 2k tranny in it, that dont make it worth any more when it comes to book value. But dont get me wrong, I wouldnt mind paying book or a couple of hundred over...... not 700-800 over on a vehicle booking for 2500. Oh well..... I've got nothing but time since I'm in no rush to get one, so I'll wait until the right deal comes along.

I do want to thank everyone again for all their help and opinions on the TS!! I'll be keeping my eyes open for another.
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Not worth $3k + for sure.

They're nice, and reliable, but a dustbuster isn't worth $3k from the early 90'*.
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talked to my dad tonight about this (partially cause of the girlfriend'* father'* van) and he said our mechanic has been getting them and selling them for around $1000-1500 regularly is similar condition to her dads.

then again, that is here in the North east
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Better update. As mentioned.. overall it wasn't bad to drop it out. I think it was a 2 glove night.

Pulled it in and let if warm up a minute (who likes to work on cold crap?). Motor didn't tick...didn't anything.. ran great. Even with the water in the oil...lol Dipstick said it was overfilled and nice and creamy.

Time to change it up anyway.
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Engine swap complete!

Ok.. here'* the rundown.
Took two evenings..overall timewise..not bad.

The thing that slowed us up was that the donor motor to go in was from an Alero and not another Montana Transport. The Alero has a slightly different throttle body, intake manifold, temp sensor (2 wires to the Montana'* 3 wire), motor mounts, the front engine cover is different (but workable). A lot of swapping stuff over, which is understandable on a reman motor..but timewise.. sucks if you are doing a JY motor.

Reason behind the Alero motor versus getting a Montana motor is that all the Montana'* in the area are losing their 3400'* and no one wants to fix the intake gaskets in the van. Oddly enough our Alero donor already had new lower intake gaskets. Hmmmm

All went back together easy enough. If you don't have a lift at your disposal...run from these vans with the 3400. I wouldn't attempt one w/o the full facilities.
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