My wife's 2003 sedan puked a seat so I bought a parts car for only $300 with new rubber. A long block delivered to my door is around $2,200. The cheapest junkyard engine was found in Texas with ONLY 170,000 miles for $1800. Ford wants $2600 for a long block. I would never install a used engine wether it was a single or dual cam. Plus being a mechanic with engine experience and all the tooling and friends with machine shops I figured it was financially a no brainer. Plus I feel that I've been challenged by ford to fix this problem. My goal is to give this problem child a new life. I hope- no, intend to get another 100,000 miles from this engine. I'm sure some folks would point out cheap long blocks but with shipping it always adds up to around "a lot". Plus I bought the car for only $3300 for work.
The damage to the engine is head, cracked block and a hole in the oil pan. Crank was trashed also. And the fire from the engine oil onto the exhaust manifold too. I drank heavily that day.
Oh! I almost forgot. The towing charge from WHISTLERS TOWING in Marquette, Michigan charged me $480 for a 3 mile trip from the car to WHISTLERS TOWING'S shop and then 3.5 miles to the Ford Dealership. Still pissed about it!