North American Turbocoupe Organization

Reman Engines
methos Offline
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DO NOT buy a reman engine from the following vendors. ATK/Vege(O'Reilly, Pep Boys, Napa, & Carquest) or Recon(AutoZone)... The following supply ATK/Vege: Marshall and Grooms...

I work for ATK and noticed that the turbo engines(dfc8, dfc4, and df58) all have h559p pistons in them. These are cast flat top pistons that will crack or let go... I noticed this and brought it to my boss's attention and he did nothing. Even said, and I do quote, "If the piston manufacturers make cast flat tops for these motors then they must have seen no reason that they would fail in normal conditions. So we won't change either."

Jason Schaffer
88TC - 5speed, all options but leather and sunroof
Esslinger Prepped head, AiResearch T-3, 3.73 gears, Schneider custom grind cam, chromed rims, dynomax on the duals, and last but not least... new interior
AIM - Shizniblit
Jason Schaffer
88TC - 5speed, all options but leather and sunroof
Mods: 3.73 Gears
Finally getting it back together.

85 Turbo Bird Offline
WOW [Image: eek.gif]

I know that some people have had some serious porblems because they were given hypertectonic (sp???) and they cracked.

I wonder if the pistons that your boss is buying are ment for the associated NA engines and he's just looking at the engine code/size?!?!

Either way, he's still an a$$hole for not doing anything even after a MAJOR problem was brought to his attention.
85 TC Auto

250-280 rwhp or Bust!!!!
mods: Sony HU, Pioneer 6.5" 3-way in the door and Pioneer 6x8 2-way in the rear deck; full 3" exhaust installed(dp, hi-flow cat, 3" MAC mustang GT cat-back)

segfaultxr7 Offline
Posting Freak
Given the durability of the 2.3t, if I ever need to replace an engine I'm going to get one from a junkyard that has a decent warranty.

A friend of mine has an 86 Buick with the 3.8 V6. It had a rebuilt engine when he got it, it went about 60k miles before having problems. He replaced it with a junkyard 3.8 which now has over 120k miles on it, and it runs great.
88 TC 5-speed

Scott Evil Offline
Senior Member
Good info. Hey Pete, Can we add this to the FAQ?
1986 SVO 1D <19,000 miles
2001 Audi S4 Silver (the fastest color)

Pete D Offline
Yeah, with a few weasel words [Image: biggrin.gif]
Pete Dunham


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