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    If I'm pulling them they are getting rebuilt there is no reason why not to have it done.

    Btw I was talking about estimate for getting the heads done and plugs removed. I may just have them take them off its not hard so what it'll be an hour of labor per hear for removal that $200 not bad. It will be much more expensive for reassembly reconditioning and removing each plug. I will be supplying them with the gaskets I want so I know they are high quality. I also will give them the oil, filter, and a couple other things. I think they can handle putting the Dex-cool in. I will also get a radiator flush done at the same time and flush the whole cooling system so I don't have to worry about it. May also have them install my block heater which should take all of 20 mins.

    I know this will cost a pretty penny, but most shops allow you to pay for repairs over the course of a few months. I know I seem non emotionally attached to the truck, well that's not true I love this truck. I saved her and brought her back to life. Losing her would be like losing part of who I am. My parents think she is disposable she isn't because she's my truck.

    Heck I just payed almost a grand replacing her rear main and oil pan gaskets I'm not losing that investment. Also has 950 worth of brake work done out of my pocket. As I stated $3,735.15 of my money spent, not including gas. Gonna be adding $346.25 worth of gaskets, oil, coolant, and other stuff needed for the repair. I may be at over $5,500 by the time shes fixed, but it will be worth it I hope. Of course to pass emissions I need to replace my cats and O2 sensors which is like $850. Will need new tires soon another $850. Of course this is if she begins to run well again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeter View Post
    Think I will buy stock in Auto Zone. Sorry to see you so discouraged about your ride. At the least, you are not emotionaly tied to it and a rational choice can be made though still tough. I think you will take a bath on it if you sell it as is. With the miles it has it may not warrrant a lot of money to be spent but an intake gasket and head gasket along with your time is alot better than cost of replacing the whole vehicle. Best case is the plug comes out and you're back together and on your way, worst case is you go to junk yard and get a used one and you're back on the road. I think cost of gaskets, oil, and antifreeze is worth a shot. I vote GO FOR IT.
    It would be a smart investment or invest in the shop I go to.

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    That works too. I can't dissagree with making repairs or improvements while you're into something as putting something back together half done realy goes against my way of thinking also. Some people treat vehicles as throw away items and others as investments. Unless you can find another Tahoe with less problems for less $ than you'll spend on repairs then it is a good plan and you should do it. Good luck and hope you get another couple hundred K miles from it.
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  3. #33


    At least now I am thinking rationally not depressed like I was prior. I think the work is worth the money buying a 1996 and on Tahoe is usually 3-6k. It is definitely a worth while investment. I want this truck to reach at least 250,000 miles at that point I will fully recondition her and maybe upgrade to the 4L65e.

  4. #34


    Well so that sounds like you want to fix her then, didnt you say u didnt want to. and i still think that you should get brand new heads, or rebuild them dont just throw away the tahoe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1953bowtieguy View Post
    Well so that sounds like you want to fix her then, didnt you say u didnt want to. and i still think that you should get brand new heads, or rebuild them dont just throw away the tahoe.
    Yesterday afternoon I was just being pessemistic and not thinking like a rational person. After going to my school dance with my girlfriend I was in a much better mood and was able to think about what I really should do.

  6. #36


    Funny how a girl friend can do that

    I see your long list, don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing about doing it, just thinking of tossing out a suggestion.

    If the plug had not broken, you would have be happy to have continued to drive it, for awhile, without tackling the long list. If money is tight while your in school, why don't you consider tackling the one head and repairing it?

    I suggest that, only if the plugs will come out of the other side.

    Pulling a head is not a "big" job. Get in, fix it and put it back together. and do the other things later. Worse case is purchasing a 2nd set of gaskets when you tackle the "big" list.

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  7. #37


    I plan on just doing heads for now and of course fixing those damned plugs! The flush is just convinince because the coolang has to come out any way.

    Had the plugs gone in as planned I would've then acouple weeks later had done the fuel filter and the flush so I could install the block heater because I need it on those cold mornings.

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    Sounds like a GTG time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enkeiavalanche View Post
    Sounds like a GTG time
    What do you mean. I'm not trying to sound stupid just a tad confused.

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    Hey Conlan, I was thinking of your problem this morning. Was watching Power Block TV, one of the ads was for a new WD40 product that is supposed to penetrate when aluminum and iron/steel are seized.

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