I finally found some time to take a close look at my new duce and it is appearant that i need to do some major engine work. my first warning was when i discovered that most of the head studs and many other bolts and nuts were not even tight. One of the cam lifters is MIA and most of the hoses are disconnected or missing.
Im going to start by pulling the heads and the oil pan to see what the internals look like. Any warnings or suggestions as to what i should replace or look at? If necessary, is it possible to rebuild the bottom end without removing from the vehicle?
Where is the best place to find the needed parts such as intake/exhaust/head gaskets, oil filters, fuel filters, bearings, cam lifters, misc hardware etc... I know saturn surpluss is a good start but i was wondering if there was anything cheaper and possibly closer to Kalifornia?