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Do you have a pick-n-pull near you??? There are tons of use able 5.9s out there.
Yeah they still want $500-$1000 depending on mileage.
I paid 500 delivered to my house for a 96, guaranteed, less than 100k and I didn't have to pull it. The oil level literally hasn't moved since I put it in almost a year ago. That was a deal I could work with.
This is truck country.... That makes a difference. Much bigger Supply
I do have one question though. The balancer on this motor has the removable serpentine pulley. I seen the truck it came out of it was a 98 i thought that came with a 1 piece setup but i could be wrong.
Some say 2000 was the first year for the one piece setup. I currently have two different 1999 Rams, both 5.9 Magnums. One has the two piece and one has the single piece. Either way is fine.
With the two piece balancer/pulley an LA belt pulley can be installed by egging one of the pulley bolt holes, just like with the Magnum flex plate to LA style converter.
Cool thanks everyone im sure ill have a ton more questions if i cant find the answers here.
You're in California? Just go to LKQ on their 40% off days an you can pull a whole Magnum motor WITH accessories for about 200 to 300 bucks (that includes the core charge and taxes). There are a ton of Magnums in the wrecking yard. It's a shame that most of them get crushed. Just monitor this page: Auto Parts Sale | LKQ Pick Your Part At the time I write this, there seems to be a sale go on March 17th to 18th.
I got a 98 5.9 with 120k-ish miles for free delivered to my house. Granted, a Ford buddy had it and he had no use for it. Swapped the intake, front cover and oil pan and stuck it in my Duster.
Damn the closest LKQ to me is over 300 miles and the cheapest 5.9 is still over $500. Going to monitor that page and see if I can scoop one up on their sale days. Thanks for the info!!!
Boricua, does SoMd mean South Maryland? If so, you're on the wrong coast. There's like 6 LKQ's near me and a few farther away, but still close enough. I have a magnum sitting in my garage that I scooped up for a next project.
Yeah Brother - I'm deep in Southern Md. LOL!!!! I 'll pick one up soon - I just downloaded the LKQ app and set up notifications. apparently the closest one on eBay with a 5.9 Magnum was over 300 miles away but on the app there are a few LKQs in the B'More area - so much more closer.
Paid $300 for mine, it was already torn down, 150k miles I think.
I paid $250 plus an $80 core on half price day at the local yard. That was for a complete 2001 5.9 and a 727 out of a mid 70's van
I bought a '98 Durango with a slipping trans and 189k on the clock for 400. I sold the trans to a local guy as a core for $150, sold the body to a junk yard for $50, and came out with a $200 engine with every accessory and piece of anything I wanted. I see them all day long.
Wish I could find a complete runner for $400 around here.
I got a 5.9 short block from a local pull-and-pay for $125, didn't need the heads since I already had some as well as an air-gap carb intake. I couldn't check the mileage since it was a 2001 Ram 1500 with the digital odometer and the wiring was trashed but the inside looks fantastic; no sludge, no cylinder ridge, very little varnish... might check some bearings to be sure too. That LKQ thing sounds like the way to go though if you have one local, would have tried that before but I got a good one anyway fortunately.
You scoring, Khalid, watch those crankshaft journal ..
Even if he has to have the crankshaft repaired to fix a torn up journal, he still has a block with minimal wear, so I call it a good score.
Pick N Pull is having a 50% off sale this Friday May 25th through Monday May 28TH. If I didn't have top work this weekend I would try for a short block for a future build or spare for my van.
The trouble with the "pull" yards for old guys like me is that it is MORE than a hell of a lot of work. Plus, if you don't get there early with a crew of 10, and "get it out," if something happens you have to come back, you'll find "a different crew" pulling YOUR engine!!! I'll TELL ya girls, up here the "deals" are few and far.
I'm a "young gun" and it was hellish for me, spent 6 hours the first day getting everything disconnected from the engine since the last person who drove the truck must have mobbed through a muddy field in a fit of rage. It then rained that night and the next morning I had to work in a giant 4" deep puddle to pull the sucker. You definitely want help pulling an engine from the junkyard, it sucks.
Yep, it isn't easy. I went to pull a 5.9 a few years ago on a half off sale and after two half days of wrenching got it up to the office with the help of my girlfriend pushing it on one of their hoists. I was going for as complete an engine as I could get. The kid at the cashier desk tried to charge me for every single nut and bolt. I got pissed and told him to keep it. Next time I only want the short block, a power steering bracket, alternator bracket and not much else. I just turned 50 and and am not as limber as I was three years ago. I see those ads for parts pullers and think about how much I hurt after a day of wrenching in a yard and it is tempting to hire a pair of hands.
Going in a few to pick up a complete 1998 pickup with a 5.9 for $500 drivable also