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Old 05-19-2015, 12:13 AM   #1
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Rebuild engine?

I have a 03' mustang with 150k miles. For the past few months, it started to burn oil and throw blue smoke. It wasn't that bad until today it started to throw a lot of smoke. I did some research and it looks like my piston rings are shot. Now I know it's an expensive job to get that fixed because the engine has to be overhauled. Should I just get a used engine or rebuild my current one?
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:54 AM   #2
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Look into the 4.2 swap. It's basically the same engine just with a longer stroke. You can use the parts off of your 3.8 like heads, intake, etc...
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:36 AM   #3
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It would be great to upgrade but don't have the money. Where can I get rebuild kits for my car?
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If you buy a used 4.2 at a junkyard it can be cheaper than rebuilding your 3.8
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No luck finding one at the junkyard. I'll be rebuilding my engine instead.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:32 PM   #6
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The motor is out of the f150 also so check that out. If I may suggest, tank your motor, do your work on it than sell it to buy an upgraded motor


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Old 10-06-2015, 10:27 PM   #7
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What engine oil should I use with my rebuilt engine? Should I use synthetic or conventional? 5W-30 or 10W-30?
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