Vortech quoted me $326 for a minor rebuild (bearings and seals). While I'm not afraid to tear into one entirely, for the 300 bucks I wouldn't do it. You'll spend a portion of that on the parts, assuming that you get the right parts.
So the difference in actual savings over having them do it is less than you think. And if there's any special tools required, you can add that to the tab.
My grandfather once told me "Do what you do best... and pay somebody else to do what they do best". Over the years, that advice seems smarter and smarter. Think about it. If you factor in your time (longer than an experts), your new tools (if necessary), the risk factor (new engine), your parts, your time to round up these parts, and then compare all of this in a dollar figure to you doing YOUR job that you're good at, and getting paid for that, are you really that far ahead? And even if you are, is the risk factor worth it?
On the flip side, you only live once.
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