I'm new here, any pointers most welcome.
I have a 1988 E250 Extended Ford Econoline converted from the factory to a camper. It has regularly overheated and I have tried various things to fix that, most recently replacing the radiator which was clogged up with muck. Last week I got stuck in a bank holiday jam and properly cooked it to the point where the front grill started to melt/buckle. I have definitely blown the head gasket so at very least will need to take the heads off, the engine still runs, there are no obvious signs of damage from the outside but I fear that there will be proper damage internally, the rest of the van is sound and in good condition for its age. I would really like to get it working reliably so am thinking that rather than spend money replacing bits only to come back to the existing overheating problem I could stick a like for like reconditioned 351 engine in it, has anyone got any thoughts on this, suggestions on places to get a suitable engine, people who would be able to do the swapping (I'm in East Sussex), things to watch out for?