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RonD2
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:24 pm    Post subject: M38 RMC Engine Reply with quote

Got lucky (I think) and a nice RMC engine (RMC104057) followed me home from Camp Lejeune NC this Independence Day. Although it was already dismounted and the owner took it out of a CJ that he didn't see running either --- it spins smoothly and generates compression by hand. The owner removed the head in my presence for inspection and everything looks good, especially the no cracks evident part. Took a chance not removing the oil pan for inspection, but the rear main seal looked good (not blown anyway). It has an "Industrial" head on it, military spark plugs, M38 oil filler tube and dipstick, but has a CJ front plate, crank pulley, and water pump on it. With blue paint over OD, and an odd oil pan drain plug (plumbed for a generator drain?). Overall I think it's a nice solid core (only time will tell). I couldn't pass on it for $300.

I'm in the middle of a rebuild on my M38's engine, so I'm going to fog, bag, and push this one into the corner for a project later this year.






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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! I would consider 300 dollars for a "spinner" a great deal. Getting harder and harder to find sound cores.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice score Ron. This winter I traded a 225 oddfire to a buddy for RMC114515 with most of the 24 V goodies intact. Pulled the head and std pistons! It's on the stand for future use..
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's another good deal!

Wish it was that easy for MBs...

The MB im restoring was all original except for the ultimate sin of an F head transplant. Finding an early MB engine proved problematic (VEP). I finally found a Willys "General Replacement", I forget the pad code, but will be as correct as I can manage. That thing set me back a bundle.
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