Is it worth rebuilding a 2003 Block? Some local LR owners mentioned that the 03-04 blocks are so bad (porosity), that they wouldn't spend the money to rebuild them.
My thought was to get new top-hats installed on my current block. Q&E Machine Shop in california will do the work for $1500, which includes the top-hat liners installed including an high-temp o-ring on the bottom. They will of course inspect the block and weld any cracks they see under the liner.
Anyone feel like that is not the best option and I should scrap the 03 block entirely?
I've spec'd out the entire job at around $4K for the parts and machine work. That includes rebuilding the block with top-hats, new sump, timing gears & chain, front cover, water pump, all new bearings, camshaft, recondition rockers with new shafts and rockers, and new lifters and push rods.