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2.6L Mighty Max 4x4 1988 has a blown head gasket...where would you look for a resonable rebuilt short / long block...or do you think it's worth trying to do a gasket replacement...189k miles...we live in Huntsville, Al...I would consider buying a used moter too. tks

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I'd at least invest some time and remove the head and look to see what you are working with. Have the head dye tested and also checked for warpage. if the head is OK, then do the gasket. If you severely overheated it, or if you had other engine problems before the head gasket failed, then I'd get a replacement engine ( many choices available from local craigslist, scrapyards and rebuilders ). Be sure to find the cause of the overheat that led to the gasket failure, otherwise you can do the same thing to the new one. If it's an automatic trans car, change the trans fluid also as it breaks down when it gets too hot.

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