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Afternoon, treppers: it's been a long time since I posted or even looked at this site. Been busy with work and all that stuff. Last time I posted I was finishing up a 3.2 rebuild: well,
I recently got it running, and it runs very well, thank you. Looking to get the car (01 trep) on the road very soon and enjoy the 3.2 performance. I think I'll run a cold-air kit or at least a
K&N air filter on it. I expect to get another 3-4 years out of this machine. For anyone else doing the swap to a 3.2/5, the 2.7 pcm in my car runs the 3.2 with no issues whatsoever
(at least up to this point). The only thing I had to change was to buy a resevoir for the power
steering since the reservoir is remotely mounted (on 3.2 cars), which also includes some
slight replumbing of the return line, otherwise all went very well.
 

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Congratulations!

Did you actually rebuild the 3.2 from the gound up?
How much did that run you?
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re: it's alive!!!

Thanks for the kudos!! Yes, in fact it was a ground up rebuild. I bought the engine for 300 clams after pulling the 2.7 (which I plan to rebuild next), and decided to check the bottom end
before installing it, and I'm glad I did. Several of the rod bearings looked very iffy: I probably could have gotten away with just putting a crank kit in it, but I decided to just do it totally. It cost me approximately $600 for all the machine work, including the crank (which was able to be saved, needing only a refinish/polish of the journals), valve job/resurfacing of both heads, and all block work, and about another 575 or so for parts, including some that are unique to putting a 3.2 in a 2.7 car (power steering reservoir, for instance). Some might say, 'you could have just bought a known good 3.2 for around 900/1000', but for what I spent and the time in building it myself, I know what I have in it, and am confident there'll be no surprises. So overall I'm very happy and looking forward to having it on the road real soon. My next door neighbor is a body man, and we trade (I do mechanical work on his vehicles, and he does body/paint work for me), and he has said he'll help me with all the body surface imperfections once I have it all squared away mechanically. Looking forward, may even post some pics when it's all done!!
 

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Nothing like having an engine you KNOW is good!
 
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