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I have a '93 Toyota Land Crusier recently jacked up 3 inches 36 inch tires winch brush bar and running boards etc for serioul off road use. The engine fried itself! I am about to put a 350 crate moto? with after market fuel injection Chevy GM transmision and transfer case into this thing for about $10,000. What do you think. Rebuilding the Toyota has been estimated at $7500?

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Get a second quote from another repair facility, $7500.00 is seems high for a quote to re-build your Toyota engine. Should be more like $5000.00 with all new hoses , belts , etc. With all the modifications to put in the new crate engine and transmission, after all is said and done, it may end up cost more than $10,000.00 to complete all the modifications. I suggest you get your second opinion from an ASE certified heavy line engine and transmission technician who specializes in this type of engine and transmission work. You can find an ASE Blue Seal certified repair center by going here: http://www.ase.com/bluesealsearch/locator.php Choosing a Repair Shop Checklist Here are some tips from the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on finding a good repair establishment: Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one. Ask friends and associates for recommendations; consult local consumer organizations. Arrange for alternate transportation in advance so you will not feel forced to choose a shop based solely on location. Look for a neat, well-organized facility, with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own and modern equipment in the service bays. Look for a courteous staff, with a service writer willing to answer all of your questions. Look for policies regarding labor rates, diagnostic fees, guarantees, acceptable methods of payment, etc. Ask if the repair facility specializes or if it usually handles your type of repair work. Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area such as civic, community, or customer service awards. Look for evidence of qualified technicians: trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and certification by ASE. Reward good service with repeat business and customer loyalty.

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