Well, I talk about scams all the time and I got scammed. I bought a 1999 F250 Super Duty with a 5.4L engine and it seemed OK when I test drove it. I knew it had some work needing to be done but the body and frame are rust-free and the engine was running well.
That is the engine was running well until the 5W30 oil specified by Ford was put in the crankcase. Oil pressures dropped and clattering started. I took it to a shop and basically the guy who sold it to me put some type of thick oil like 20W50 to mask the fact the engine was trash and sell the truck. The main bearings are trash and at least one rod bearing is knocking towards the rear of the engine. The oil pressure is in the toilet and there are signs the head gaskets may not be so hot either although they are only leaking under vacuum at this point.
The truck runs and drives. I could sell it as a truck with a bum motor that runs and get back what I can get. It has a tad more than 200,000 miles and is overall in good shape otherwise. I had everything else checked out and it is good but the engine is not.
For now, I plan to put 20W50 back in the crankcase and only drive it in a limited manner, if at all. Once the engine is warmed up, you have to get it up to around 2800 RPM to keep the oil pressure light from coming on. Should I go with 20W50 in this case or something thinner like 15W40? The engine is trash so what more harm can be done by using a very thick oil?
I was also considering using some head gasket stop leak but then figured that would trash the good radiator and heater core so figure that isn’t a good idea if I intend to fix it right. I could care less about this engine. Based on what the shop told me, a good quality reman is the only option.
They quoted me like a $6000 price, more than I paid for the truck. I like the truck but not that much. Yes, the rest is in good shape but it is old. Is it time to sell out for whatever I can get and take a loss or are these other options that don’t cost quite as much?
Other options are to find a decent junkyard motor from a wreck, or whatever. The shop that quoted me $6000 was using a Motorcraft reman. They said this is a better way to go than a Jasper based on their experiences and not to even consider a parts store brand reman. It almost sounds like a junkyard motor might be a better choice over something like this.
It seems the junkyard motor would be the cheap option. I would at least want to pull the valve cover and maybe the oil pan to give it a look over and make sure it looks like the oil was changed and such. You can usually tell pretty quickly how well an engine was cared for based on some simple inspections like this. I would want anything easy changed like the front and rear seals, oil pan gasket, etc. while it was out of the truck.
If going the reman route, does anyone have any suggestions? I wouldn’t be in any huge hurry to get this thing back on the road. If someone did the work and it took a month but I got it back done right, I wouldn’t be against that route. The truck is not needed in a timely manner and that would be fine with me if it was done correctly and I got it back done right.
Anyone have suggestions on how to get the maximum value from this truck, whether I sell it or keep it?