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engine rebuild

Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by bear76, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. bear76

    bear76 1/2 ton status

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    In my search for a cheap 4bt (:haha: ) I noticed some rebuildable cores on ebay. Would it be hard and/or worth it to by a core and rebuild it myself? Or should I drop 4K for a rebuilt or new engine?
     
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    Depends. I've seen several good 4BTs for under $2,000. Sometimes you can catch a delivery van that's been rebuilt just before it was retired.

    Do you only want rebuilt? That is an engine with low miles won't do?

    Do you have the time / skills to rebuild one?

    I have run across some fantastic deals on 4BTs. Of course that was after I bought a 6.5:haha:

    While I was looking at 4BTs I kept running across info that they could be modded to 300 HP. I never did find anyone that had one or could say how. I do believe around 200hp wouldn't be very hard though.:D
     
  3. bear76

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    I figured it would come out cheaper to rebuild one. I've never rebuilt an engine but, I wouldn't mind learning. If I can find a low mileage engine for less than 2k that would be great.

    On a side note I had a running p30 with the 4bt th400 lined-up to buy this summer, before I learned how rare they seemed to be. I could have paid 1500 but I wanted to haggle down to $1100. Lost that deal:doah:
     
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    Been there done that :doah:
    As for rebuilding, it will cost you more than getting a rebuilt, it costs too much to rebuild diesels. :o
    Just keep your eye on some low miles or good running trucks.
     

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