Owns A Torsen
Joined: Mon Sep 18th, 2017
Occupation: Design and Innovation
Interests: RBV's, Computers
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|I figure it deserves a thread, I have put more miles on this truck than any I have owned. At better than 225,000 miles the truck I simply call G2 started losing water with no trace. I took it apart and it was really grimy on the inside. It burned a substantial amount of oil so instead of heads and head gaskets on top of leaky rings I started actively searching for an engine to drop in. Why not a 5.0? Well it will end up being my 16 year olds first vehicle.
It's the one being jumped on the left. The battery quit on me and will have to be replaced, this is minutes before I pulled it in to the driveway to begin the parallel swap... 4.0 to 4.0.
Decent 4.0 pushrod engines are becoming increasingly rare, usually if they are iany good they are in a truck being driven. Last pushrod 4.0 for Ford was made in 2000.
My search took me all the way to West Virginia where I found what ALLEGEDLY is a 129,000 mile 4.0 from a 99 with a good story. He bought it to put in his kids gen 1 then discovered the flywheel only had 6 holes and the replacement engine he took out of a friends truck with rusted frame had 8 bolts on the crank. Project froze and engine was kept in doors, full wiring harness and all.
This was the engine when I picked it up, what of it you can see under the noodles:
A picture from the back after I brought it home.
It's going to get some fresh valve cover gaskets along with a rear main seal, oil pan gasket AND I just happen to have a fresh timing chain and gears so that is going on. Probably a water pump if I can find a good one.
The thread happened today because I did get the old 4.0 out finally. Wasn't hard just needed the ambition.
For anyone else pulling a 4.0 make sure you get the bracket that holds the transmission fluid lines before you lift it out. Yes it stumped me for 5 minutes or so.
And the always smiling 16 year old that got his hands very dirty. I threatened him in to helping LOL he's normally a computer gamer but I told him if he wants to drive it he has to help work on it.
It's out and I have confirmed you can pull a 4.0 without taking the AC pump out too. The AC works fine on this truck I didn't want to drain it and refill what a pain.
Done for today, more to come next week I might take tomorrow off.
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