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engine rebuilding

Post #1 by rustywagon » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:19 pm

Hi guys, what's an average cost of engine rebuild. 3.3L. If there's anyone in bay area who does it, please let me know. So far no luck. Thank you, Michal

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Re: engine rebuilding

Post #2 by bill pierce » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:35 am

It was about 3 years ago when I did my 200.

For the short block I have about $500. into machine shop labor. that's bore, turning the crank decking the block, pressing the rods on the pistons and balancing. I spent about $400 in parts, including ARP rod bolts. I have $300 total into the head, that includes 1.75" intake valves fit into the 1968 head. I assembled it myself
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Re: engine rebuilding

Post #3 by chad » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:28 am

bill pierce wrote:It was about 3 years ago when I did my 200.
For the short block I have about $500. into machine shop labor. that's bore, turning the crank decking the block, pressing the rods on the pistons and balancing. I spent about $400 in parts, including ARP rod bolts. I have $300 total into the head, that includes 1.75" intake valves fit into the 1968 head. I assembled it myself

WELCOME Bill !!!
Rusty, Double ck our "machinest recommendation' forum for ur gepgraphic area.

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R U in the frisco area, rusty's there somewhere?
$1200 aint bad for the city / or that hi cost of living area...
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Re: engine rebuilding

Post #4 by CZLN6 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:33 am

HOwdy Back Michal:

It will depend greatly on what your engine needs to be brought back, and what you want as an end project. Do you have a end plan for this engine?

Prices will also vary depending on location. IIWIYS, I'd spend some time visiting machine shops in your area and I'd be looking for an old school type shop with an operator with a little gray in his hair and a fondness for older engines.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

PS- thanks for the photo Bill. Nice job.

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Re: engine rebuilding

Post #5 by rustywagon » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:00 pm

I am not sure how many miles are on engine, previous owner said more than 200 000 miles.
It runs (car is my daily driver), but it smokes, pressure on all cylinders is evenly low.
I will ask around, there are few mechanics working on classic cars I know.
I am not looking to boost performance, just full rebuild.
Just wanted to know what to roughly expect.
Thank you.

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Post #6 by Georgia200 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:58 am

As much as you want to spend.

My head will cost around $400. Thats new everything + larger valves.

Cam and associated parts will run $250+.

Block work $500.

Rolling assembly, I dont know yet but Im guessing $400-$500, depending on if I want new rods.

My guestimate is $2500 + exhaust + carb.

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Post #7 by chad » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:39 am

"...what to roughly expect…."
really depends on ur area of country, local pop density, # of machinests.
Do U have the Handbook?
The min recommended there in my area (w/in 25 mi radius R 3 auto-machine shops) we're fairly rural
$1800
C tech archive above (click on crossed screwdriver/wrench) Class II job.
C the classes of wrk'n what they mean in archive, have some knowledge of specifics U want. Go to a shop w/a lill understanding. Advocate for what U want. Otherwise U have a situation where they tell U what they will do. U get what U get - which is (kinda) OK. Many R not familiar w/an ol i6. Or what we need/want. Guy w/30 yrs experience ordered wrong timing set (it wuz what wuz listed 4 it) & needed me to get him unstuck. Do ur due dillegence, 'roughly' may (or may not) B goodnuff…

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"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
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Re: engine rebuilding

Post #8 by rustywagon » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:35 am

I checked list of recommended machinists in here, closest is about 2h fro me, I will call him.
I replaced old carb, the autolite 1100 never worked properly, I had it professionally rebuilt twice... I am very happy with replacement.
I can handle new exhaust.
I sent email to 3 machine shops in my area, I will post when I get answers.

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Post #9 by chad » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:16 am

When all is said'n done plez place an assessment of the wrkin relationship, price'n wrkmanship of the shop in our 'machinest forum' if U would b so kind...
U don't have a geo location in ur sig…
Where R U located?
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"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
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Post #10 by rustywagon » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:57 pm

I got first estimate, it's $3.5 - 4k. It's bit more than I thought

What's the correct way to check cylinder(s) pressure?
I checked it, it was evenly low on all 6, but I am not sure, if I did it the right way, I want to check it again.
I keep looking. Thank you.

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Post #11 by chad » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:02 pm

May B not 4 ur location.
Due yer due dilligence - know what U need/want - tell them.
This way U can compaire apples to apples w/each shop.

Otherwise U hafta ask for an "estimate" & have them write it all dwn, they don't wanna do that (effort, time consuming).
An 'estimate' is non-legally binding. A "quote" is.
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"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), 250, NV 3550 & DSII to B transplanted, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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Post #12 by bubba22349 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:07 am

rustywagon wrote:I got first estimate, it's $3.5 - 4k. It's bit more than I thought

What's the correct way to check cylinder(s) pressure?
I checked it, it was evenly low on all 6, but I am not sure, if I did it the right way, I want to check it again.
I keep looking. Thank you.


:hmmm: Yeah that price seams quite extreme for a stock rebuild.

Ok here is a good way of doing a compression test.
1. Warm up the engine
2. Pull out all the spark plugs
3. Install the gauge in first cylinder
4. Remove air cleaner and make sure the choke is open then hold or tie the throttle lever wide open
5. Crank the engine over with a remote starter switch, watch for the highest reading on the gauge. When the needle quits moving any higher stop cranking, usually this take about 10 to 15 seconds or around 10 compleate revolution's.
6. Write down the test result
7. Move to next cylinder and repeate the process
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Re: engine rebuilding

Post #13 by bill pierce » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:25 am

rustywagon wrote:I got first estimate, it's $3.5 - 4k. It's bit more than I thought


That is ridiculously high. You would be money ahead by far to ship it out for the work.

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Post #14 by Econoline » Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:55 pm

^ I agree. You can buy a remanufactured one from S and J engines for around $2600 shipped including the $500 refundable core fee and a 7 yr/100K warranty.

https://www.sandjengines.com/search/rebuilt-auto-engines/1977-Ford-Maverick--
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