Replace 3.0 W/Remanufacture?
2000 xlt 3.0 gas. 105k miles. Bad wrisk pin I believe (tapping noise that lets up with throttle release). Blown passenger side head gasket (leaks coolant from water jacket at front of head/block). Shop can't figure out what the tapping noise is after $800. Suggested I just put a new motor in for $5G installed.
I've never messed with one of these trucks / motors. Several other swap outs though. Finding remanufactured motors on line for $1,500 - $2,000. Recommended suppliers?
Any tips, estimated hours (R&R), threads, or warnings? Can novice do it?