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2000 Chevy Silverado, worth saving?

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Nov 1, 2015, 2:12 PM

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vehicle in question:
2000 Chevy Silverado, 4.3L V6, 135,xxx miles

Soooo.....I own the above mentioned truck, which, in a tragic series of events, got VERY overheated. Luckily I happened to know a mechanic who was willing to help me out on the side. It soon became pretty apparent (according to my mechanic friend, I'm just a novice at auto repair) that there was at least one warped bearing, and there was at least a blown head gasket, if not a cracked head. Although we didn't have ideal conditions to work in, he thought we could get the job done so I bought a Summit Racing complete rebuild kit and we started tearing into the engine, working a few hours at a time when we could get together. We didn't have an engine puller, etc. so he decided to leave it in place. From the bottom, the oil pan has been removed. While attempting to remove bolts from the bottom end of the exhaust manifold, one was badly stripped....mangled. From the top, various trim and other parts have been removed or unbolted. Left valve cover is off, and pushrods/rocker arms have been removed. Upper left exhaust manifold bolts removed.

Then suddenly, mechanic friend gets job offer halfway across the country and moves on short notice. So the truck was towed back to my place where it has sat ever since. Now I'm stuck with an engine that is clearly broken, not to mention half torn apart, and I don't have the tools or the knowledge to really attempt this myself. (Not to mention he basically just tossed all the nuts/bolts etc into a box while he was working, so nothing is organized or labeled)

So I ask first, would many mechanics accept a job like this?

Second, what might such a repair cost, and would it be worth it on this vehicle? The truck itself is in very good shape, other than the above problems, and I have already spent over $300 on the rebuild kit.

I appreciate any advice in advance, thanks!

Hammer Time
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Nov 1, 2015, 5:05 PM

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I don't expect any shop would agree to pick up where he left off. What you should do is what you should have done in the first place and that is find a good used engine and replace it. A shop would probably agree to do that.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 1, 2015, 9:18 PM

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Totally agree now a shop isn't going to finish but might start from scratch THEIR way - whole engine and fix why it overheated.
Trucks hold value if in good shape overall. The fix is probably out of your hands value wise but suggest finding out what it's worth as a whole fixable truck for sale and if you want another start with another needing little and do your thing to take care of it.

Stuff happens but overheating can be avoided most of the time by paying more attention to the clues that usually lead up to an overheat,


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