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Old 07-10-2014, 08:47 AM   #1
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3.4L Rebuilt Long Block

I have recently discovered the wealth of knowledge in this venue, It is a great source of information... Thanks

With that being said, I had an overheat issue over the 4th of july, Upon my return I took truck to a friend and we quickly discovered that I have HC present in my cooling system. = Blown Head Gasket

I live in the Bay area and have looked around for replacement engines as I don't want to screw with redoing the top end only on a motor with 229K on it. I have found several suppliers that offer a long block Rebuilt in the 3.4L Prices range from $1,600.00 to $3,700.00 I found a company in Emeryville Cal. that imports engines from Japan and does the work on them here local. This company is Called Engine world and is on the low side of the price range. This post is to get info out to this forum and to also solicit some opinions. I've also got a Mechanic lined up to do the install at a price of about $1,100.00 I am anticipating another $500-$800 in Parts Water pump, Radiator, Hoses, Belts, And misc.

Any feed back or opinions on this would be great.

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Old 07-10-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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Me? I would fix the one I have.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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I have recently discovered the wealth of knowledge in this venue, It is a great source of information... Thanks

With that being said, I had an overheat issue over the 4th of july, Upon my return I took truck to a friend and we quickly discovered that I have HC present in my cooling system. = Blown Head Gasket

I live in the Bay are and have looked around for replacement engines as I don't want to screw with redoing the top end only on a motor with 229K on it. I have found several suppliers that offer a long block Rebuilt in the 3.4L Prices range from $1,600.00 to $3,700.00 I found a company in Emeryville Cal. that imports engines from Japan and does the work on them here local. This company is Called Engine world and is on the low side of the price range. This post is to get info out to this forum and to also solicit some opinions. I've also got a Mechanic lined up to do the install at a price of about $1,100.00 I am anticipating another $500-$800 in Parts Water pump, Radiator, Hoses, Belts, And misc.

Any feed back or opinions on this would be great.

Thanks

Yoda
Don't ever go cheap on engine rebuilds. This is one of those jobs you want to do yourself or have the highest bidder do, IAW your budget.

URD has a lot of knowledge on the 5VZ and does rebuilds on the 1GR. I doubt he will do the rebuild (he's usually swamped) but he might be gracious enough to point you in the right direction.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:16 AM   #4
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Repairing it was my first inclination, I have taken it to several shops and talked to several other ASE Certified Mechanics, 90% are saying they would love to take my Money to just do the heads, but they know they will see me back within 6Mo. with lower end problems.
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Is it paid off?

I just put a JDM 3.4 in mine, but it was a pain with the differences in the oil pan, cooler, wiring harness, and other bits and pieces. I also had the factory motor sitting there to look at and I took my time. slow the first time but not awful. This motor runs like a top and cost me $1350 with tax, not bad extension of the trucks life.

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Why not rebuild the one you have? Only reason not to is time and with 229k on the clock don't be a fool and just do top end. It could last forever by just doing the heads but you will be pissed if the bottom end starts to have issues.

Call Toy Connection in Santa Clara and if they are in a good mood they should be able to answer your questions and give you their recommendation.
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I don't know anything about the shops you listed, but I was thinking...

If you're having a shop pull the head, would it be cheaper to inspect the block and go with a slightly oversized piston set, if you find something wrong?
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I'm no machinist, but to do that, you have to bore the cylinders, as they really aren't round anymore, among a lot of other reasons.
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I am leaning toward a rebuilt long block, cylinders bored .020 over and all components replaced, can get it done a total of about $3,500.00 VS $2,500.00 for just the top end, don't have the time or the patience to tackle it in my Garage!! Lol
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junk yard 3.4's usually go for less than $1k
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junk yard 3.4's usually go for less than $1k
And you don't know how the original owner treated it so you could end up being out even more money.
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And you don't know how the original owner treated it so you could end up being out even more money.
Not much of a gamble with the 5VZ...
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Not much of a gamble with the 5VZ...
Then don't look under the timing belt cover on the truck Ibought used where I found remnants of a shredded belt or the crank pulley bolt that was not properly tightened and had nearly fallen out.

Used is still used and you never know how it was taken care of prior to you purchasing it.
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