Amen to that! I'm all about going for the obvious first. Thing is, I
want the engine and tranny solid so that I can move on to getting this
car back in shape. The local mechanic wanted $250 to drop the tranny
and fix the rear main seal leak. Then he wanted another $225 to change
the timing belt, replace the cam and crank seals up front.
My current mechanic, whom I like a lot better, is charging the same
price to do all of the above, plus take out the engine and see what the
deal is with the crank and bearings.
$500 to pull the engine, replace all the seals front and back, change
the timing belt, check compression, replace the rotor and distributor
cap, check the shocks, struts, ignition wiring, the whole 9 yards - is
A-OK in my book. This guy is retired Air Force who just does this
because he loves it. He's not in it for the money, so I can't knock the
guy, I just want to help and to learn.