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Old 10-31-2017, 08:07 PM
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86 360 5.9 rebuild advice

Hey there!

I just purchased my 3rd van and this is the second one to have a the engine take a poop on me. i feel a little daunted so I was wondering~
How easy it is to put in new piston rings?
If I'm doing piston rings should I just rebuild my entire engine?
How easy is a rebuild on a 360?

Im a little handy when it comes to mechanics only because the community on this forum gave me the confidence to do the work, but I am fairly new to this work.

thank you for everything!
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I would say stick with just rebuilding the motor....
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If you had top notch mechanical skills yes re-ring just to get by, this was normal for a mechanic to bang this off and grind valves and seats in one working day, engine block in the car.

A total rebuild is the "easier" way to go with the machine work done by professionals the assembly could be handled with guidance for someone with your skill level.

I would suggest though, when you go to price this look at having the short block assembled by the machine shop or trusted, knowledgeable mechanic and do the rest yourself.
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There was a time maybe fifty or sixty years ago that a a rering with a block in the car would have been the normal way to go. Now its hard to get a shop to rering a motor...........
Labor cost to much to R and R a motor to do a half *** repair and the public expects miracles for nothing, nada, no dollars and stand behind it.

Fix correct or junk it.........

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Remove the motor !! Much easier to work on it
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