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what should i look for in a junk yard motor?...i took the valve cover off, everything looks fine...i took the oil pan off...no loose rods...., no metal shavings in the pan(would they float away if the oil was drained?)...the radiator didn't have any oil mixed into it...i refuse to unbolt the head....is there anything else obvious to look for?
 

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well your not gonna see anything major unless you get dirty. pull the head. look at the sleeves and piston tops., or maybe you find a gem..depends how much your gettin it for.
 

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well your not gonna see anything major unless you get dirty. pull the head. look at the sleeves and piston tops., or maybe you find a gem..depends how much your gettin it for.
always worth pulling the head off to see rust on the sleeves. its not worth spending time and money to get home and have rust .050" in the sleeves.
 

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always worth pulling the head off to see rust on the sleeves. its not worth spending time and money to get home and have rust .050" in the sleeves.
yea or you will end up like me:pinch: but its a free block so boring...no prob:bigok:
 

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what should i look for in a junk yard motor?...i took the valve cover off, everything looks fine...i took the oil pan off...no loose rods...., no metal shavings in the pan(would they float away if the oil was drained?)...the radiator didn't have any oil mixed into it...i refuse to unbolt the head....is there anything else obvious to look for?
Exactly Your not gonna find anything out unless your willing to get dirty, I found a Really nicely put together D15b like a year ago, i wouldnt have bought Had I not took the Head off..

then again My buddy bought a b16a from the same junk yard he did the same as you, didnt look the head over,
well its safe to say he still regrets buying that motor lol :bigok:
 

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i dont mind getting dirty...i just dont want to buy a new head gasket and head bolts.......its a 95 z6...could i unbolt examine...and rebolt..with no issues?
 

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Ummm.. dude.. honestly just take off the head and check and see how it looks like inside. like EVERYONE else is saying.
 

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can they run it? The wrecking yard I work at we try and run and drive everything, if the customer can here it run from cold and everything checks you get less comebacks. if not get the head off, a hg, timing belt and water pump is cheap insurance and then you have a bargaining chip to. heck bring a bore gauge and really scare umm, my z6 from my yard .006 oval with about .002 taper
 

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You said you didnt want to get a new Head gasket and bolts BUT if your gonna buy an engine from a junk yard wouldnt you want to rebuild it??

Its common Sense :3dtard:
 

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^^^ right?

why would you even want to take a chance of it blowing later down the road when youre driving or somthin?


CYA

cover your A**
 

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I am with everyone else on this one. I would remove the head and check the sleeves and the top of the pistons. A new head gasket and head studs are no more then $150, it will worth it in the long run and the short run to check the Internals out and replace the head gasket.
 

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when i buy junkyard engines i only buy from cars that are wrecked cause you know why its there if there is one thats in decent shape then hmm why would you junk a good car um bad engine perhaps. thats just my theory. ive bought 3 boneyard engines this way and they are all fine. bought an engine from a member here that was supposedly a great engine and got it home and it had a spun rod bearing and a junk crank and the block it about .006 out of round so it was usless with out a complete rebuild
 

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i know...i was looking at the car when i over there...and i was like...why the f**k did they junk this car...i might just pull the head.....
 

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could ask for the mileage on the car.....they should have a title, at least that's what i did....
so what i low milage engine cant be abused or run out of oil and be hurt. ive seen brand new engines blow up within 10 mins. if the cars not wrecked there's got tho be a reason why its there 9 times out of 10 is ethier bad engine or bad trans but a junkyard that keeps good track of there inventory should be able to tell you why its there
 

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i'm in charge of inventory at the yard in my sig. i love to know why i have a car in my yard, bad engine or trans is most common for straight rigs, don't get me started on all the straight taurus and escorts i have with bad engines or trans or both same with automatic gm's, all my 94 up accords, rollovers, i sell and deal with other yards all the time and it is always chance, bought my 89 ed from the yard 600 cash haven't done much been lazy and lucky, 5spd swap,clutch,exhaust, an upper control arm, tune up and still haven't checked the timing belt and i have had it over a year and drive it everyday, about 10k on it since i bought it, but i have a backup truck and a z6 in the garage, that needs machine work and reassembled and good to go. i'm taking a chance being lazy, a little extra money spent to check is cheap insurance, i would if i could, just strapped lately
 
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