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Sooooo. I recently picked up a clean rust free 04 with new clutch,”new” tranny with shift forks, extenders. But it had a bad cylinder one. Tons of blow by smoke the whole nine. But. It came with a replacement motor with less miles. Upon inspection the replacement motor had a new head. New gaskets. New water pump. I put the replacement in today and it wouldn’t hardly make any noise turning over. So I had my brother the as I stood by the motor. Then. I saw a problem. Coolant was pouring from the head cyliner 1/2 and into the timing cover. So I went to remove the head and it had nice new head stud kit with the nice new head. Then got the head off to ring a blue 2 layer gasket possibly reused cylinder 4 covered in rust mush with scorched cylinders 1/4. Sooo my dilemma is that another replacement motor is pricy. So do I rip apart blown motor one and do new item pistons with the head from motor 2 or sell it all and walk away. I need any advice. Thank you all.
 

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Rust free Neons are getting really tough to find. If the interior is good, and the body is good, along with most of the suspension, I'd try to get a running motor in it.

You may be able to do a bare bones rebuild with the best block without too much cost and effort. Especially since you can transfer good parts from one or the other.
 

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Motors aren't hard to find. The PT Cruiser turbo motors, both the touring and GT models, use the same engines. If you have a good body, interior, and most importantly good transmission, I'd take another chance on getting a good engine, or doing a build so you know it is good.
 
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