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WB Rebuild?

Ive got an old 235 holden WB ute that the body is in great nic (no rust at all) but the engine is getting pretty poor. im not sure if a rebuild is on the cards or not im just not sure if its worth it. could anyone tell me how much i would end up looking at paying for a rebuild? im also thinking of converting it to a v6, has anyone done this and how did it turn out? who would make a conversion kit?

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i got quoted around 2000 for a ground up rebuild and 2300 for a mild performance buildup, this is including converting to unleaded aswell, you looking at about the same but with more work and an engineers cert needed for the conversion, you'd probably want to reco the 6 unless it was a newish model or low ks and then theres paying the engineer and if its one of pat gardners conversions i think off the top of my head tis about 2000 for the kit but im not sure, personally id go with the rebuild....

rahman

viva la pano

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I assume the 235 is actually a 253. If money is an issue, then I'd go for the rebuild. 253's aren't bad motors, and when fresh can give you plenty of poke. You could even go out and get a 308 blue block & get it rebuilt. This will reduce the amount of time your ride will spend off the road.

If you've got a bit more cash lying around, then either a V6 or an efi V8 conversion is an option, but will cost anywhere between $6-10 grand depending on how hardcore you go. Personally if your going to all the trouble converting to efi, then I'd go the V8 option. It's actually easier to do as you don't need eng. certs. The V8 will slot straight in, it's really only the wiring that's the hard part. And a sensibly built efi V8 won't use that much more fuel than the V6, and will certainly use less than your current donk.

There are a few places selling kits or components for these conversions. You don't say where you are, but check out a few of these websites if you're interested in going down this route.

http://www.castleaut...
http://www.rodshop.c...
http://www.v6convers...
http://us.geocities....
http://www.vkgroup3....

Hope this helps in some way.

Any other questions, fire away.

Cheers, Steve.

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yea, 253 woops! i would probably do the rebuild myself, i did 3 years of a mech apprenticeship years ago and im pretty good with cars though im not to sure about the bottom end.. ive been doing a bit of pricing and it seems a rebuild kit with all the parts is around $700. I have honing tools but i dunno how bad the motor is, probably going to need more work than that. im on a pretty tight budget so the efi is outta the question. Thanks for your help anywayz.

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my votes for a 308.
keep the 253 going for as long as possible, drive her till she drops.
In the meantime start hunting around for 308 bargains.
Seen a few short motors on ebay, start to build up a 308.

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Never Drive A Car Younger Than Yourself!

The more you can do yourself, the cheaper it'll be. As the previous post says, I'd start looking at the 308 option. Look for a good block, and get it machined properly (can put you onto a good shop if your from up North). Then you can take your time, building it properly, and as the funds become available buy the bits you need.

Don't be too put off re doing it yourself. I've built 2 engines, and I'm an accountant. Just get yourself some good manuals. There are a couple of good 308 engine rebuild books available. And if unsure ask questions before you go any further. Better to ask silly questions early, than to rush into things and end up with an expensive boat anchor.

My advice would be to get heads/block/crankshaft properly machined by a reputable shop. It's a bit of a cost to start, but it will save you money in the longrun.

Good luck, Steve.

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