I like PitBull Pete's idea. And I'll take it one step further. I recently had a remove, rebuild and replace job done on a head that had two burnt exhaust valves. I was charged way too much for a job that had corners cut. I could have done it myself with the help of MUD for 1/4 the price. I've sworn off mechanics from here on out.
Anywho.. buy the remam, YOU swap it in and then rebuild the original at your leisure to learn, have fun, etc.
Save thousands, learn a ton, and a have the spare engine should you ever want to go back to all original.
[/QUOTE]If I go this route I’m rolling the dice... For the labor I would put into having another engine installed it could happen again. Don’t you think? I can get a low mile 120k engine from cruiserparts.net for $2250 and $2500 for instal.... but like I said below i’m close to the same price with a different engine and vin... from the guys I talk to locally since my head is good it’s looking like keeping my OG engine is the best option. ????
QUOTE="Seth S, post: 12931845, member: 61344"]
I have a 1992 FJ80 w/the 3FE engine. Approximately 218,000 miles. Engine runs fine. It had been in a minor front end collision about 15 years ago which damaged the drivers side fender and apron. The radiator was replaced but the radiator support bracket was a bit bent....My intentions were...forum.ih8mud.com
Lots of 80’s being parted in the mud classifieds
Fresh engine, Toyota internals, 2 year warranty from an established engine shop, under $4k, that'd be the route to go imo.Toyota FJ62 FJ80 Lexus 4.0L 3F 3FE 3F-E 1988-1992 Remanufactured Engine | eBay Sorry didn't post right but an option and much cheaper...…………...
there is no way to know the head is good until it is off and NDT'd
be wary of cruiserparts.net engines, a guy in CA installed 1 of there 1FZ and had issues, posted on mud here somewhere.
How did this pass smog if it had/has issues?