I'm new to this site and I've got a 2000 mustang gt... Would like to know some good options. The oil pump let go and spun a rod bearing just wanted some input on if I shld try to rebuild it or what I am on a budget of about 2000 or so
See if you can search the clasifieds for a used shortblock there are lots of folks always upgrading if your on a 2000$ budget, and just replace the block. I sold my block a while back for like 500$ and it had 50,000 miles on the clock.
Unless you know how to rebuild it yourself you are pretty much limited to getting a salvage yard motor installed. That's not bad. I've run three of them in the past and they all lasted longer than the cars. I think the best option is a 02-05 Explorer motor. They are 2v and rwd. A direct drop in. They also have the advantage of having an aluminum block which is about 100 lbs lighter than your stock motor. Good luck.
I thought of something else. You have a Windsor motor with an 8-bolt crank. Depending on what you find you might have to buy a new flywheel and clutch.
Edit: I don't know what Jasper Whines is but if he is willing to pull the motor and rebuild it for free then the a world of options just opened up for you such as forged internals either increasing the compression ratio for an NA build or setting the motor up for a supercharger. Free labor makes a huge difference.
Your like me We have windsor blocks and heads, to simplify things you really need to find a windsor block or you will have to make some minor changes when reiinstalling the motor to the timing cover, and other parts.
I don't think so by the time you buy the internals then get the motor machine work done you will be close to your budget. AFTERthe block you will need an entire gasket set including heads/valve covers/ timing cover/ oil pan etc then you will need all new fluids it is going to cost more then 2000 unless you find a good used block.