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    joemoe65
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    @joemoe65

    Unfortunately my 1981 Chevette 1.6L engine has lost oil pressure through worn out main bearings.  I understand that many online companies who are rebuilders don’t do good work.  Has anyone had a good experience buying a rebuilt engine? 

    I live in northern NJ and could use a recommendation for a good engine rebuilder as an alternative.  At a minimum I would need a reground crankshaft installation and tear down to check for additional wear damage.  Thank you for your advice, Folks

    #268139

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Google machine shops for your area, then check references. You should be able to find someone local to handle the rebuild.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

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    joemoe65
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    @joemoe65

    Well I found a local rebuilder in Layton, NJ named Hullco, but it took almost six months to completely rebuild by engine.  Removing the fuel pump and drive shaft from the opening to the distributor, when I changed to an electric fuel pump did ruin by main bearings as I was warned in an earlier forum topic.

    I picked up the engine in early November last year and have reinstalled it this Winter.  What an adventure this was.  The repairs include a reground crankshaft, bearings, reground cylinder walls, new pistons, valve guides, reground valves and seats, ad infa-nausium (sic).  By the way the engine has regained its oil pressure.

    FYI,  Please!  Nobody ever do what I did when I removed and capped off the mechanical fuel pump.

    P.S. I reinstalled a new drive shaft and mechanical fuel pump, out of superstition.  No I’m still using the electric fuel pump,

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    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Bad trouble but now you have a new engine. On the road again!

    #303252

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    All’s well that ends well. Motor on!!

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

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