Re: WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED ENGINE
Not the best of ideas, but you can remove the timing cover and spin the engine over to make sure it is not froze up. Unfortunately you are going to be a bit limited without an arsenal of high-dollar tools. If you at least have a borescope you can pull the plugs (if they are still in-place) and get a rough idea of the cylinder wall condition. Other than that you can turn it over a few times and listen for any "off" noises (major clunks/scraping/grinding/rattles/etc). I doubt there will be much oil in a used engine that has been pulled already, so I wouldn't go spinning it too much =)
At least it is something. If there is a major conundrum in there it will likely present itself through a harsh sound.
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