Re: Need help finding used or reman engine
Your best bet, IMHO, is to find a local shop that rebuilds or hotrods engines.
Are you a cajun? If so, where? I got a LOT of oilfield friends and family in BR...might can help you out finding.
If you get a local, and tell him you have 3-4 grand to work with to get a good rebuild, then you can likely take your engine out and get it reworked by someone who will try to help you and not just sell you a long block he got from elsewhere.
You might also just keep an eye out here on the forum. I've seen 2-3 being parted out due to collisions in the last few months.
I have 328K miles on mine, so I am also keeping an eye out for a used engine at a reasonable price. I know my Hell***** has been great, but she is getting long in the tooth as well. And with the engines, you can go for the upgraded VVT-i that came out in '09 maybe? And remember that the Tacoma has the same powerplant...