We got her running and didn't like what we heard. Wrist pin, connecting rod, maybe...metal flecks in the oil filter that we cut apart, and some serious clanking going on so it's coming out.Probably make more sense to get it running and see if it needs anything before you tear into it. Do a compression test, see how much play there is on the timing chain, and check for strange sounds etc.
Thanks for that. Yes it needs it. Rebuild starts tomorrow.I would not be buying any rebuild kits. The right way to do a rebuild is to strip it down and take it to a machine shop. Let them check it and advise you what it needs. Then buy parts. There are lots of shops that will royally screw up a Buick engine because they rarely build them and won't listen.
If you don't have the money for this, I get it. Does it really need a rebuild? Is it worn, using oil, smoking or making noise? If not, check the compression, and oil pressure. Maybe do a valve job and replace the timing chain.
Not sure how we got here....I would follow Larry's advise. You are putting a lot of trust in the shop you choose to do the machine work so trust them to pick out the parts you need. They are familiar with the parts supplier and might even be able to get a better deal for you. Here is an example of you buying your own kit: are you a good judge on if your crank needs turned and how much? What about boring the block? Both these examples requires high quality measuring tools and knowledge and ordering the correct size bearings and rings and pistons.