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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on buying 1993 Tbird

I am looking for a new car and came across a 1993 Tbird V6 w 108k miles. The body and interior are in good shape, but the car doesn't run. THe guy told me it was an head gasket issue, so he offered the car to me for only 200 bucks. I am currently trying to decide on whether to replace the engine with another v-6 (I found one with only 80k, 3 month warranty, and only 375 dollars) or a 4.6 v-8 ( I found two donor t-birds wrecked one for 400 and one for 600 both with about 120k on the odometer . One smacked a deer the other a telephone pole. Neither has frame damage according to the seller.

I may tear down the engine and see how bad off the heads are. I am hoping someone here can give me some advice on their experiences on head gasket replacement costs. Does anything else tend to break when the HG blows or are the heads tuff enough to take the heat and not crack? I am doing all the work my self.

I looked around on this site hoping the conversion to the 4.6 would be relatively simple if a donor car is available, but couldnt find any info. Is this a viable alternative or should I stick with the replacement v-6 .

I am really just looking for a daily driver so I am not dead set on a v-8 and just thought it may be nice.

What do you guys think? Any advice would be helpful.
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headgaskets arent too bad.. just take your time, take pics of everything you take off and where they go.

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well if the tranny is good, and the 375 dollar engine works out, that would be a good deal for 200 bucks

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Depends on how far it was driven with the headgaskets out and overheating. I would think 6 hours to do the work and 200 bucks in parts, don't know how much machining might be, I bypassed that part (which was dumb). It itsn't all that involved, not like a V6 to V6 swap, let alone to a V8.

Personally I just replaced the head gaskets and was on my way. I didn't do the valve seals, I didn't get the head machined or checked (I used a rusty rafter square to check for flatness, but didn't check for smoothness). I got the top end gasket set, there is also a simpler one, I don't think it has the valve seals and some other things. Mine was driver longer than I would have hoped "wounded", but I have 60k more miles on since then and troublefree except unrelated things, like tranny cooler line bursting, a couple of heater hoses and bypass hoses springing leaks, etc.

V6 makes an okay daily driver, I still prefer to drive the 89 with the V6 over the 97 with the 4.6, but that is because I have had the 89 for 12 years, and know every little thing about it.
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I come by some good deals on 94/95 cars from time to time. I know where an absolutely beautiful 97 is but it's not really cheap.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 09:28 PM
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MLS head gaskets are the way to go with the v-6, swapping to a 4.6 would be possible , but a huge pita, and not really recommended... the V-6 is waaaay underrated, and actually makes a mn-12 chassis a better handling car.... for a driver at the price level you are talking, I would stick with the v-6, and you can do a few great mods on them to........happy motoring
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