Well I had a nice intro typed up last night but then my computer restarted and I have to start over.
So a little history, This engine is going to be installed in my 97 Jeep Wrangler TJ. I was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and was wounded in the leg. So when I got back and was phyisically able I built this Jeep into what I thought would be a great trail rig. I made me get up each day and helped me to strengthen my leg. I installed a 5.2 out of a 98 Dakota & a 44RE tranny.
When I was all done with my Jeep build I had a pretty killer rig. Except for one thing..................That Dang Nab Engine I had installed wouldn't run right. I tried 3 different ECM's and still nothing. The thing was a dog and couldn't hold 60 MPH going up a hill. So I ran it like this for 3 years trying different things to boost the power. First thing I did was fix a plenum gasket leak. Not long after that an engine that use to run at 210* all day long no matter what I was doing started to overheat. I tried everything I could think of to get it to not overheat. And to start with it didn't do it everytime. I installed a FlowKooler water pump, pulled the intake off twice to make sure I hadn't screwed something up. My last try was a aluminum radiator that helped some but the engine was still running hot. Now I have tried to do compression tests and pressurized the radiator but could never find a true problem. So this brings us to where we are now.
I had bought a 5.9 from a shop on the other side of the state. When I asked the guy I bought the engine from what was the reason they pulled the engine he couldn't really remember. I was buying the engine to make a 408 stroker out of. But as we all know there are times family gets in the way of our wants. I have already bought EQ heads with large valves (2.02 & 1.62), a Hughs Air Gap intake manifold & Harland Sharp roller rocks in a 1.7 ratio. So I do have some bling parts.
When I bought the engine I had planned on bringing it home tearing it apart and sending it out to get cleaned up and any machine work needed done. This never happened and I just figured it was better to sit there together than having a bare block which could then rust. But this weekend I had figured out that the 5.2 in the Jeep really was shot so I started taking the 5.9 apart. I wasn't real happy about what I found as it came apart. First off the shop had left oil in the engine and it was now a milky mess from water contamination.
The next thing was that the plenum gasket was blown on the intake. Now not a big deal but other than that issue I haven't found a reason for them to of pulled this engine.
The heads look like crap but I am not going to be using them anyhow so don't really care.
and then the last thing is the cylinders themself. I had rust in two of them that had the engine locked up until I started rocking the crank back and forth.
So the plan at this point is to get the block tanked or cleaned somehow. Then I am going to install new rings, rad & main bearings. After that I will bolt on all the fun parts I already have. Then in the next year or two hopefully I can gather all the funds I need to rebuild this engine and make it that 408 I have been wanting.
Here in the next few months I will have a stock intake, a stock intake with a Hugs plenum plate & some truck exhaust manifolds to get rid of. Everything will be priced on the budget side so be watching if you need any of that stuff.