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Old 05-13-2010, 03:14 PM
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Its too late for changing my mind.. money is spent and the motor is mine... so just wondering... did I get a deal?

I purchased a used 3.8l engine out of a 96 firebird with a stated 100k miles. paid $400. I seems now that may have been too much. It was at a local place owned by family of a friend of mine. the oil looked good but what is the other things that I should look for before I drop it in my camaro?
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:25 PM
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Thats not a bad deal, i would say its about the going rate for a 3.8 out of an f-body (can acutally get a little cheaper if you were to purchase one from a w-body or other fwd platform).

Depending on who you ask, there tends to be a porblem with the oil bypass rusting out and causing a spun bearing issue. This occurs after the motor as been siting a while (like at a junkyard or anywhere else that has more of a chance of moisture getting to the motor). There is a guy that will take your oil filter houseing and port it out and remove this bypass to keep this issue from occuring. (I blieve this is the culprit on a few of the spun bearing issues i have encountered).

see this link for info on the guy that does the work

http://www.v6f-body.com/showthread.php?t=2250
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drop the oil pan, inspect the bottom end and replace the oil pan gasket, front cover seal, rear main seal and valve cover gaskets while you have it out. Also not a bad time to swap the intake manifold gasket if you wanted too just so it is done with and you don't have to worry about it later.
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It was inside the their shop. Seem that they pulled it out for someone and they never picked it up. Its been sitting inside the shop since. I dont want any trouble out of it but i also don't have a place to work on it. Got to borrow a shop for a weekend to put it in. so I'm trying to get some stuff done ahead of time so we can get it in over a weekend.



I also have to swap the valve covers and the upper intake bc they previous owner did a nasty rattle can job all over the top of the motor. I think I'll take this chance to paint the valve covers and uim. Any colors you would recommend? The car is the Electric Blue.

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um.....yea.....uhhhh....speechless
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drop the oil pan, inspect the bottom end and replace the oil pan gasket, front cover seal, rear main seal and valve cover gaskets while you have it out. Also not a bad time to swap the intake manifold gasket if you wanted too just so it is done with and you don't have to worry about it later.
Luckily I have the valve cover gasket and the uim gasket from a kit that I brought to replace the timing chain cover gasket (only because the damn lim elbow was leaking. which evenually was the demise of my motor to begin with) I will replace what I can. Taking off the oil pan will be difficult for me. don't have one of those dolley's thing for the motor to sit on. Besides the obvious, like a broken rod or something...would i be looking for anything in particular in the bottom end after removing the oil pan? I know metal shavings and water are bad..... Just checking cause i don't know a lot unless theres common sense involved.

Thanks guys for the input. I'm really liking this forum. I think this project is going to go smoothly..... At least with your help here at v6f-body.com.
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should have got 100 bucks off for the color

new spark plugs probably arent a bad idea either (if it has any in it?)
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should have got 100 bucks off for the color

new spark plugs probably arent a bad idea either (if it has any in it?)
Don't pick.... I know the color is horrible. yes it has plugs and yes those will be replaced. When I first looked at it, it didn't look so bad. But now it looks worse when i get to looking at it closer. I have no idea why....I guess now you can say i felt sorry for it and going to give it a makeover and a new home

The motor as a whole is it good shape...all the pieces are present ....just some are green. (btw its just the top of the motor basically what you can see and spray with a rattle can while its in the car. most of which will be coming of and replaced with parts from the one in the car.
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lmao, wow, that owner should be slapped. if you got the spare coing you can pick up a cheap engine stand (<$100). that way you could at least see anything obvious in the bottom end.
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