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Old 05-13-2011, 07:46 AM   #1
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5.0 Resto Short Block

Has any one purchased this short block and I am wondering If they were happy with the out come??

1979-95 Mustang 5.0L 302 Economy Short Block, Accepts Roller Cam at LRS - Same Day Shipping!
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A friend of mine just bought the same one from MU...saved the shipping and went and picked it up in CT. Anyway, So far it looks good. 30 over bore..all non forged. Will keep you posted if you want...but for the price it is hard to beat.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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I have one sitting in my shop now for a customer waiting to go in, for a stock replacement it looks good
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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Yea some pics please keep us up dated with the out come???
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Any one??
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Its nothing more than a mass produced short block, what are you expecting? These type of engines are reman'd by companies that do 50-100 engines a day. Its a crap shoot and everyone understands that at 600 dollars, and the seller is making a profit, so dont look for a whole lot of lovin put into it.
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Woody, just being a mass produced shortblock shouldn't make it unreliable since Ford has been doing that for decades and we all know a stock 5.0 shortblock regularly lasts >150k miles. I think a big part of the hit or miss with these aftermarket reman shortblocks is probably the lack of good quality control, but I'm just speculating. I've never been to a Ford plant and I've never been to the plant that makes these 700$ shortblocks either.
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Woody, just being a mass produced shortblock shouldn't make it unreliable since Ford has been doing that for decades and we all know a stock 5.0 shortblock regularly lasts >150k miles. I think a big part of the hit or miss with these aftermarket reman shortblocks is probably the lack of good quality control, but I'm just speculating. I've never been to a Ford plant and I've never been to the plant that makes these 700$ shortblocks either.
Ford doesnt do any of this reman stuff, ford doesnt build there own brand new crate motors either. The only thing "ford" about this is its a ford 302. These remans are done by many suppliers and every person is making a profit on 700 dollars, what can one expect? If you get a junk, it should not be a shocker
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Ford doesnt do any of this reman stuff, ford doesnt build there own brand new crate motors either. The only thing "ford" about this is its a ford 302. These remans are done by many suppliers and every person is making a profit on 700 dollars, what can one expect? If you get a junk, it should not be a shocker
I wasn't saying ford was making these reman engines. I meant to say that ford mass produced the original 5.0 liter engines that came in our cars and for the most part were good for a reliable 150k miles. I'm just saying that just because something is mass produced doesn't make it unreliable. But I agree with u in that u usually get what u pay for. Part of me wonders if an original untouched shortblock out of a low mileage explorer wouldn't be a better starting point for a low budget build.
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The Ford rebuilt engines were done under contract by Jasper Engines, and a bunch of the early assembly line 5.0HO engines were built by OMC for Ford.
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When I worked for a Chevy dealer as a mechanic we installed a bunch of Target engines, I view the 5.0 Resto short blocks the same as I did the Target stuff, It was hit and miss.
I have seen 3 different size pistons in the same engine, but that was back in the early 90's and was an AGAP motor.
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Part of me wonders if an original untouched shortblock out of a low mileage explorer wouldn't be a better starting point for a low budget build.
I thought the same thing so I searched until I found a wrecked 97 Explorer with 83k miles on it at a local JY. I foolishly purchased it without pulling a valve cover. When I got it home I took off the intake and found that the oil was cooked to a near asphalt consistency. I pulled a main cap and found that the bearings were badly worn.

After spending another $450 at the machine shop I have a fresh Explorer short block.

Learn from my mistake and pull a valve cover, the oil pan or the intake to see what the inside of the engine looks like.

In retrospect I would have saved a lot of time, gas and money if I'd have bought one of these LRS shortblocks.
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I thought the same thing so I searched until I found a wrecked 97 Explorer with 83k miles on it at a local JY. I foolishly purchased it without pulling a valve cover. When I got it home I took off the intake and found that the oil was cooked to a near asphalt consistency. I pulled a main cap and found that the bearings were badly worn.

After spending another $450 at the machine shop I have a fresh Explorer short block.

Learn from my mistake and pull a valve cover, the oil pan or the intake to see what the inside of the engine looks like.

In retrospect I would have saved a lot of time, gas and money if I'd have bought one of these LRS shortblocks.

I hear that. Don't some places now that take the engines out of running (but wrecked) cars have a guarantee for like 90 days?
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I hear that. Don't some places now that take the engines out of running (but wrecked) cars have a guarantee for like 90 days?
Yes, but it was a pain in the ass to get them to honor the warranty. They ended up giving me back $250 and let me keep everything.

Still, I had to dissamble the entire engine to get the short block freshened up. Oh well, I'll end up with a fresh Explorer engine for under 1k. Just a big PIA and the car is still apart.
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Yes, but it was a pain in the ass to get them to honor the warranty. They ended up giving me back $250 and let me keep everything.

Still, I had to dissamble the entire engine to get the short block freshened up. Oh well, I'll end up with a fresh Explorer engine for under 1k. Just a big PIA and the car is still apart.
Good to know man.
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Yes, but it was a pain in the ass to get them to honor the warranty. They ended up giving me back $250 and let me keep everything.

Still, I had to dissamble the entire engine to get the short block freshened up. Oh well, I'll end up with a fresh Explorer engine for under 1k. Just a big PIA and the car is still apart.
Sucks to hear man, I just bought one out of a 99. I checked the dipstick but not the valve covers, looked new. When I got it home it looked as if the engine had 1000 miles on it, you win some and you lose some!
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Well start up was today for my friends setup....So far so good.
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So how has it been after the start up did you guys put any miles on it???
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If you need a budget shortblock I would try to find a used forged factory engine. They are strong for what you can buy them for.
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If you need a budget shortblock I would try to find a used forged factory engine. They are strong for what you can buy them for.
Also, if you can tear down and assemble the engine, you can do it for cheaper at your local machine shop. That's what I'm doing now on my wife's truck. I had a core engine to start with though.
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