Advice on an engine rebuild
This isn't for the Ranger though, it's for the Samurai. I figured I'd throw it up on here anyways because rebuild procedures are rebuild procedures, regardless of what motor it is.
So here's the deal. The samurai runs pretty well, but it smokes like a chimney and burns oil pretty well too. The spark plugs have oil on them also. The motor's got more than 130k on it (though I haven't a clue as to exactly how much... the speedo cable was ripped out on a rock by the previous owner). I think the piston rings are worn and it's getting blow-by into the cylinders, and the valves might need some work as well.
What would y'all recommend as far as rebuilding the motor? Right now, I'm thinking I might take the head to a machine shop and have them work on it. Anyone have any suggestions on what I should have them look for/do, and how much it might cost? I also think I will try to re-hone the cylinder walls and re-ring the pistons. While I've got the block apart, what should I look into replacing as far as bearings/seals go? Will I be able to get by with just doing rod and crank bearings, front and rear crank seals, and new gaskets? I'm on a bit of a budget and I know engine parts can get expensive really quickly.
I'm not looking for huge performance gains right now... I just want to get the motor back up and running well for as little as I can get away with (but it'd be nice if it lasted for awhile too!). Thanks for everyone's help!
2003 FX4 Level II. Twin Shifters. Black. A few mods here and there.
Originally Posted by SuperGildo@RRP
Kyle's a smart man.