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post #1 of 20 Old 02-27-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I finally bought another domestic...

for $500

1999 Oldsmobile Bravada. 120k miles, clean interior, decent exterior. The catch is that it's broken. Poor thing developed a bottom end knock during the last 7 miles or so...
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I think it ate a rod bearing. So now it's time to pull the old motor, tear it down, and see what failed. If the damage is limited to the bottom end, I'll do an econo-rebuild. If the damage is more severe, I'll probably do an L31 swap (Vortec 5700).

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post #2 of 20 Old 02-27-2010, 08:08 PM
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see if you can get to the problem through the oilpan

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see if you can get to the problem through the oilpan
I was going to, but that's also a pain. The consensus seems to be that it's probably a rod bearing and that I'll probably need to have the crank machined (which means that the motor needs to be separated from the tranny). There's a diff under the oil pan which makes access a royal pain anyway.

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Vortec it and call it dinner. Depending on how long the issue's lasted (out in the open or no) it could end up being more cost effective.

Not to mention a 5.7L Bravada would be sweet. Yeah, I said it. <_<

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Vortec it and call it dinner. Depending on how long the issue's lasted (out in the open or no) it could end up being more cost effective.

Not to mention a 5.7L Bravada would be sweet. Yeah, I said it. <_<
Technically it already has a Vortec in it.



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Technically it already has a Vortec in it.


So either way my comment stands.

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We'll see. Honestly, the plan is fix this, sell it, and buy a track car... I'm worried about trying to sell a 5700. Or I could end up falling in love with the thing and I won't have any money for my track car :p

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We'll see. Honestly, the plan is fix this, sell it, and buy a track car... I'm worried about trying to sell a 5700. Or I could end up falling in love with the thing and I won't have any money for my track car :p
..that was kinda the point. Plunking a 350 into it and having a WHOOHOO truck/suv thing.


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How about an LS1?? LOL..

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whenn I got my saturn the previous owner threw a rod bearing. my dad fixed it through the oil pan no problem

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