View Full Version : Which way should I proceed with this car?

08-19-2012, 06:37 PM
Just had the car unloaded off a flatbed into the backyard.

Few weeks ago they were driving it and the timing belt went. The mechanic put a new belt in it and said they're good to go (actually gave them a 50/50 chance of it not running since the belt broke when they were driving it). It drove for another week or two before (as the owner said) it made a loud POP and stopped running.

Turning the motor over sounds like marbles in a can and it won't fire up. I'm thinking either the bottom end went out on it or it is an interface motor and the top end is just destroyed. Would it be better to just pickup a junkyard motor for $400 and swap it in? I can get one for $425 with a 1yr warranty and just over 100k miles on it.

Oh..it's not the Mazda or the Celica, but it's a early 90's Dodge Dynasty with the 3.3 Chrysler motor in it (well I'm assuming it's the 3.3 becaus it says 'Chrysler' on the carb cover).

08-19-2012, 06:43 PM
Yard motor + beer.

08-19-2012, 06:45 PM
That's what I'm thinking.

I can get the EGA motor from a junker for about $400 with a 1year warranty. Figure it'd take myself, her dad and the car owner a few weekends to do it. Now the question is will the owner pony up the money to do it... (maybe I can get a new engine hoist outta it too!)

08-19-2012, 08:23 PM
Set it by the curb and cross your fingers.

08-19-2012, 08:26 PM
I'm not in that part of town, otherwise I would lol.

08-19-2012, 10:26 PM
:biggun1: :deadhorse: :fire:

My .02