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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Freshen Up Short Block or Run It?

Head gaskets are done so it's time to have some fun. Truck is 06 F250 with 210K. Engine is out and plan on full update of HPO system, new oil cooler, RCD stage 2 cam, new lifters, heads (UCF Machine) and studs. 190/30 injectors, and KC Stage 2 or 2R turbo. I had planned to just run the short block as is. The above mods and updates will break the budget as it is and another 1500 in the short block seemed unnecessary. Plus I figure the trans will be on borrowed time after the mods so that 1500 will be used elsewhere. If it will go another 150K why not run it? Opinions and suggestions welcome. Anyone with similar setup?
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Re: Freshen Up Short Block or Run It?

I would advise completely rebuilding it. Its a bit more yea, but since its out why not do it right and set it up for another 250k+?
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Pull the bed plate and check the mains. Pull a few Rod caps and get the bearings too. If you see no scoring or copper and the cylinders looks good I wouldn’t tell touch it unless it has an ungodly amount of hours

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What's the compression? That'll tell ya what you need to know.

I agree, if it's good then leave it alone. You could always plastigauge it.

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Pull the bed plate and check the mains. Pull a few Rod caps and get the bearings too. If you see no scoring or copper and the cylinders looks good I wouldn’t tell touch it unless it has an ungodly amount of hours
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What's the compression? That'll tell ya what you need to know.

I agree, if it's good then leave it alone. You could always plastigauge it.
If you're going as far as pulling the bedplate, thats halfway to rebuilding the bottom end lol. if youre pulling it apart like that, why put it back in with half the original crap in it? Theres never a better time.

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If you're going as far as pulling the bedplate, thats halfway to rebuilding the bottom end lol. if youre pulling it apart like that, why put it back in with half the original crap in it? Theres never a better time.
Because that's a whole lot of extra work if it gains you nothing. Say the clearance is .003, so you re bearing everything to get the clearance to .003? There's no point.

If the clearance is excessive, then there's a point. If the clearance is within spec, there isn't.

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What's the compression? That'll tell ya what you need to know.

I agree, if it's good then leave it alone. You could always plastigauge it.
Unfortunately I did not do a compression check before I tore it down. Wishing I had now though, but other than head gasket issue pressurizing coolant system engine ran perfect.
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Pull the bed plate and check the mains. Pull a few Rod caps and get the bearings too. If you see no scoring or copper and the cylinders looks good I wouldn’t tell touch it unless it has an ungodly amount of hours
Considered this as well. I had decided if I end up pulling the bed plate I may as well go thru it at that point. Planning to look closer at the cylinders and deck surface this weekend, which depending on my findings will probably determine my decision.
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