planning what to do with stang
Hey all of you, I haven't been on this website for quite a while. So about a year ago my 02 gt decided to give out on me. I was driving normally and it just turned of and it sounded nasty when I tried turning it on. I eventually was able to turn it on and I pulled into a parking lot and it turned off and was having trouble turning on. I called my mechanic and he said if I can turn it on and drive it to take it home, so I did with some struggle. My mechanic came and checked it out and said I might have gotten lucky and it might just be the timing chain. So I tell him to fix her up and he did. He said there was a mess behind the timing chain cover. So he fixed her up and turned her on. He said everything sounded good until it got a bit warm and it started knocking. My heart dropped and he said it most likely got a rod knock. So I spent 1k for the repair of the timing chain and other stuff that broke and the labor and the car isn't even fixed so that money was pretty much gone to waste. My stang has been sitting in my parking lot collecting dust for months. I finally decided to save up some money to fix it up. The problem is I don't know what to do with it. Either swap it, buy another 2v and install it, or rebuild the 2v it has. I'm not planning on spending a crazy amount of money either. I just want it up and running in good condition. Has anyone rebuild their 2v that had a rod? How much did it cost in total, and any problems after the rebuild. Or maybe i can buy a new 4.6 2v block and some upgraded parts like the heads, cams, ect and swap everything else that I can from the 2v i have. How much would that come out to cost and would that be a good idea? My mechanic said he has a fresh built teksid block with 0 miles that he can sell me with cobra heads and springs and some stage 3 cams for 7k. He said he'll hook me up with the installation aswell. What other parts would I have to buy to swap it, and would the stock tranny be able to handle it? How much would I spend for this build. What if i buy a used 2v with lower miles and swap out and upgrade a few parts and install it? Any information will help a lot as well as suggestions. Let me know what you would go with, or what you went with if you had a rod before and why you would do that or went that route. Thank you all, I really hope I learn something and chose the right route to go with my stang. Happy holidays!!