I know the drill, read the forums. Here's what I have si far.
2.6 wide block on an 88 with the KM145 4x4.
2.6 knocks and blows a "significant" amount of air w oil cap removed.
A good rebuild requires-
Rodding out radiator, maybe cooler tstat, secondary temp gauge, (but nobodies paranoid about overheating.) $250ish
Non-Jet Valve Head, preferably from Clearwater Florida or a minivan (wide block?.)$400ish
New rebuild kit and gaskets, misc parts- $250ish.
Balancing Shaft Elimination, and balance. $150ish
That's done "right" but nothing major. Did I miss anything?
A 'Quest turbo swap involves motor/tranny (4x4 tcase will bolt on?)/wireharness... Again- done right.
And Rodding out radiator and Bal shaft elim?
2.4 swap won't bolt to wide block?
Getting ducks in row, I can buy a running 2.6T out of a Quest or 2.4 for the price of a head from Clearwater.
Concerned about reliability and fuel economy- HP is a perk. Advice please!