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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Question: how to tell if shelf engine is good

 

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Chuck Dodge, 5.9L V8, Maryville, MO, March 05, 2013, 15:41
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My 360 is burning a good amount of oil and would prefer not to sell the truck, especially considering the fact that a newer and better one worth my time will cost at least 10 grand, which I don't have. I found a used engine at a scrap shop for 500 bucks but since it doesn't have a vehicle with it I cant start to hear it run and everything. How would I go about checking it so I don't spend a lot of time and money on an engine that is in sores shape than the one I have now. Thanks for your help.

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    brhudak March 05, 2013, 17:01
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    You can hook a starter to the motor and a remote switch and do the compression then you can do a leak down down test.

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    pushrod March 05, 2013, 20:38
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    The ONLY way to know for sure is to install it and run it!!

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