I was doing some tinkering on my sick 1997 Mitsubishi mini cab. I'm pretty sure it needs rings because it smokes bad. Head gasket is likely blown because there is oil in the coolant and the coolant smells like exhaust. Anyway, I need to remove the engine for inspection and rebuilding.
Best I can tell, the engine should be removed from the bottom. Is this correct? Also, Is the 3G83 engine a very complex engines (as far as rebuilding is concerned)? The rebuild kits are between $700-800 dollars, and I've been quoted $800 on a good used engine.
Once I get the motor out, are there certain "problem areas" that I should be aware of on these engines? Mine is a SOHC 2-valve engine carbureted.
Basically, any advice you can offer on any of the above procedures is greatly appreciated. I don't mind spending the money, but I definitely wanna get it right.