Afternoon all. Hope you ready to have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.
I'm sitting here crying in my beer. I recently became the custodian of a 1991 black Montero LS, saving her from the the pick n' pull vultures. Previous owner got into the engine and threw his hands up midway through a head gasket change. I picked her up for 500 dollars in Las Vegas and trucked her back to SoCal. Welcome Ms Monty
by poormansporscheMs Monty Engine pull
I've since pulled the engine and called all the local "hero" machine shops only to be told "we're months away from any new builds". So, on the recommendation of a reputable Mitsu indie shop I took the mill to Cylinder Head Sh*tty... I mean City. Quoted 1400 for taking the engine apart, NPR pistons .030 over, Clevite bearings, freshened up heads, gaskets, oil pump, timing belt install, water pump, etc. A little high but he came recommended and frankly I just didn't/don't have the time.
I said lets do it, but you can use my OEM parts and ARP studs rather than your knock-offs. He took it part and reassembled it with his rubbish parts... well I'll save the details for a build thread. He did a crap job. Whole thing is a wash. Heads are unusable, pistons are NOT NPR and have blemishes from the manufacturer. Engine wasn't torqued to spec, oilpump damaged... etc. etc. etc.Ms Monty damaged oil pump
by poormansporscheMs Monty bad head
by poormansporscheMs Monty bad piston
I picked up new heads ready to go from Cylinder Head Exchange in Sylmar, CA. (Great freaking guys there!) took apart the old heads, got the cams ready for install, new HLAs blah blah blah.
My questions (finally the point, right?)
Cylinder Head City did a bore supposedly .030 over. I'm replacing the crap pistons with NPR's. Do I get the block re-bored to .040 over? Just buy .030 over pistons double check his work and hope for the best?
I have a full OEM gasket kit. I've heard .040 over is the max OEM headgaskets will accommodate but I can't seem to verify this, search as I might. If I need oversized gaskets, does anyone make OS headgaskets for the SOHC 3.0? Only seen them for the DOHC.