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Heres the story, It was raining earlier today and i went out to look for some boggers that I heard running, i was on a little trail looking for them when i came to a large puddle, well i know how deep it is without water so i proceeded to go through it. I hit the puddle too fast and my truck died. So i tried cranking it and it fired and died, tried again and it fired and died. so i figured that i had water in my motor. so after calling my dad to tow me home, i started pulling all the plugs out and after pulling all six plugs, starter and the maf. Well i put them all back and fired her up, and what do i hear? A F*@#in rod knock. Yup, I killed her with just 86k on the clock and a major tune up not even two thousand miles ago. Sonova [email protected]%h!

So now what? Do i pay the 4k to rebuild....do i go with a block from super six motors...do i fork over the extra 2k for a cummins 4bt motor...do i try and sell her as is? Heres the [email protected] part, I'll be leaving in 4 months to basics for the navy, and once i got back i planned on selling my ranger and getting a cummins or powerstroke because my dad makes his own diesel and i love the power the trucks make. Now what? Oh and btw i know this isn't the classifieds forum but i have an 03 4x4 5spd ranger for sale on 32x11.50x15 tires with a sweet sound system. Only prob is she has a rod knock

so what the hell do i do? Whats the going price for a 4.0 rebuild? My dad spoke with one of his friends who is a ford mechanic and he said it'd be around 4K? Any suggestions or advice?
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so what the hell do i do? Whats the going price for a 4.0 rebuild? My dad spoke with one of his friends who is a ford mechanic and he said it'd be around 4K? Any suggestions or advice?
Buy a motor from a boneyard. You should be able to snag one for less then a grand. Pay your mechanic friend direct-to-pocket and do the swap in a garage somewhere. You can fix it all for well under 4k.
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Do you think i'd be able to find the sohc?
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I dont see why not, You ought to be able to buy a low-millage 4.0 sohc for at least under 1k I would think. 4k to rebuild it just sounds ridiculous to me.
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Ok I'll have to look around. how hard do you think it'd be to sell my truck as she sits?
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if your gonna sell it how it is to someone that knows what their lookin for your not gonna get much for a truck with a rod knocking
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Ya of course i know that. I figured i'd just subtract the cost of a rebuild from the book value
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