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Old 11-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #651
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I wasn't trying to compare drag engines to daily drivers.

And I guess we are kinda saying the same thing.
true. a drag car engine is built with a specific goal in mind, to go as quickly as possible in the shortest span of time as possible. a daily driven vehicle is designed (usually!) to used for many years to get a person from point "A" to point "B".

engines today are built with much better materials and to better tolerances. they are operating with much better electronics that aloow them to operate much more efficiently than those in the past. i have seen many old and older engines that had 100's of thousands of miles put on them, just because they were maintained properly and driven with care and not abused.
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What are you driving?

I have a friend that builds drag cars, and from talking to him,,, the older engines are just as reliable when running modern fuel. According to him it is a myth that the new dewdads make the engines last longer.
I drive a 93 Toyota Pickup.

Running clean fuel in it has less to do with engine life than proper maintenance but it doesn't hurt.
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true. a drag car engine is built with a specific goal in mind, to go as quickly as possible in the shortest span of time as possible. a daily driven vehicle is designed (usually!) to used for many years to get a person from point "A" to point "B".

engines today are built with much better materials and to better tolerances. they are operating with much better electronics that aloow them to operate much more efficiently than those in the past. i have seen many old and older engines that had 100's of thousands of miles put on them, just because they were maintained properly and driven with care and not abused.
I have very rarely seen a pre eighties engine with more than 100,000 that didn't have some type of overhaul.
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I have very rarely seen a pre eighties engine with more than 100,000 that didn't have some type of overhaul.
yes and there was a time when you could overhaul one very cheaply and get more life out of it. i have overhauled many in the past for a few hundred dollars.

now before i would ever consider overhauling or replacing an engine or transmission, i would look at what the vehicle is worth. strictly from a practical viewpoint. if the cost of replacing or overhauling factors in at more than 50% of the estimated value of the vehicle, it might be more cost effective to replace the whole vehicle.
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yes and there was a time when you could overhaul one very cheaply and get more life out of it. i have overhauled many in the past for a few hundred dollars.

now before i would ever consider overhauling or replacing an engine or transmission, i would look at what the vehicle is worth. strictly from a practical viewpoint. if the cost of replacing or overhauling factors in at more than 50% of the estimated value of the vehicle, it might be more cost effective to replace the whole vehicle.
I've found that on some vehicles it costs less to buy a reman engine rather than rebuild it yourself...
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Thats why I like my Internationals... both of mine have been running since 1973...

My Scout has been overhauled, but not because it broke.. The previous owner just wanted to soup it up a bit, sent the motor to Clifford Research (6=8!) to be rebuilt, added the power brakes & steering, and bought the SSII kit from the IH dealer.. All of this was done in '77/'78...

As for my '73 pickup, the motor actually outlasted the rest of the truck, it still drove and all but was just worn out, theres no rubber left in the chassis, and it was starting to fall apart... Im currently putting that motor in a "new" truck ( just another IH pickup, thats not so worn out )

From what Ive read, with just the minimum maintenance, its not uncommon for a IH built gas V8 to last 500,000 (the sixes and fours last even longer!!)

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I've found that on some vehicles it costs less to buy a reman engine rather than rebuild it yourself...
Wish I woulda done that with my Samurai, or better yet, did the VW diesel converison...
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I've found that on some vehicles it costs less to buy a reman engine rather than rebuild it yourself...
that is very true. IMO even if a reman exceeds a certain point in price, sometimes it's just better in the long run ato bit the bullet and buy another vehicle.
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