I didn't mention in the previous post that before having Hal towed to the repair shop I'd talked with the manager about which engine to get as a replacement. It was obvious that a another engine was in order. He quoted a price for a junkyard engine but I passed on it. I wanted a rebuilt. Tried for a Jasper rebuilt but they don't carry Ford 4.2L six cylinders anymore. Guess there's not enough call for them.
Manager suggested Spartan rebuild which is the Advance Auto house brand. I checked on line and found some complaints but the manager said he's not had any bad luck with them. Problem was my options where limited so went with the Spartan engine. Quoted me a price of $2600 for the engine and $760 for labor. There was a possible additional damaged core fee of $200 but I heard nothing more of that so my engine must not have been too far gone.
After ordering the engine it took close to three weeks before it was delivered. Was told that none were in stock so it had to be assembled.
How the engine looked when delivered. It came in a black packing case.
It's probably never going to look that clean again. The gentleman to the right in the middle picture is Derrick who will be doing the majority of the work on Hal.
I had to leave town for a few days just when the work got started on the van so there's not as many photos as usual.
Here's the front view with most everything removed.
Found the cause of the original oil leak. This is a piece from the side of the oil pan. Told me that a rod had shot out of the engine and broke this chunk off.
In the photo the engine has been removed. You can see a floor jack holding up the transmission.
This was a weird looking view without the engine in the way.
They found a safe place to store the hood, on the sofa bed.
Rebuilt with all the pieces from the old engine transferred over.
New engine in place.
Here's the replacement to a couple of the pieces that were too rusted to reuse. I told them to replace anything that looked iffy.
They put it all back together in no time flat so I don't have anymore pictures of the repair but a quick story. Manager calls me at work and wants to know if in all my customization I've done something to the headlights. They can't get them to work. Turns out that the headlights that used to work both failed when reinstalled. Most likely from being knocked around. Since neither light worked they thought it was an electrical fault.
Spartan Reman Engine $2600
Oil and Filter $32.95
Spark Plugs $28.32
Tow Bill $85.00
Water Pump $129.70
Exhaust Flange Bolts $16.20
Exhaust Manifold Bolts $13.38
Coolant Hose $157.48
Oil Cooler $275.95
Shop Supplies $20.00
Pay the bill, start up the van, and listen to that new engine purr. Most definitely you can hear the difference.
So pack up the van and go camping and biking along the C&O Canal.
Running up and over the Allegheny Mountain Range that separates West Virginia from Maryland I got a real chance to try out the engine. Everything was just fine until I noticed the check engine light. Checked the code numbers. They were P0171 and P0174. Cleared the codes to see if they would come back. They did.