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Old 05-31-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Hemi replacement/rebuild quandary

I have owned a 2003 Hemi QC since 2004, and this truck never had a problem until one dark day in January of this year. I had noticed that the oil pressure gauge would fluctuate (and activate the Check Gauges light) whenever the accelerator was punched or whenever I had to brake hard. The local dealer suggested a sending unit, and that "fix" seemed to remedy the problem. Long story short, I lost oil pressure at 80 mph and my '03 Hemi is toast.

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Shops around here won't touch this thing as far as a rebuild goes, yet I'm not sure how to know if it can can be rebuilt. So whats my best bet? Crate motors on eBay are ~$3500, short blocks from other sources are $2800, and local labor estimates are looking like $2100 for a pull/install. I could use some guidance here.

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Old 05-31-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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Either buy a low mileage motor from a salvage yard, or buy a new short block from dealer. Short block should cost 16-18 hundred.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:42 PM   #3
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http://nashville.craigslist.org/pts/2374963791.html Check out Craigslist!! You might find someone to trade something!!
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Why not just rebuild it yourself? I'm curious as to why the shops won't touch it for the rebuild. If you tear it down, have a shop do the machine work, then you can pick & choose the parts you want to put back in it.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:23 AM   #5
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quote:Why not just rebuild it yourself?
Probably the same reason I don't do brain surgery.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:25 AM   #6
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Rebuild, Brain surgery, it's still cheaper to do it yourself . . .
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