Thanks for the complete reply, Tom. If I go the replace route, I will look for a 2010 or newer engine. Before going that route, I will tear down my engine to see if its condition is not truly terminal. If that is the case, I will repair it and go with one of Eagle Mike's piston kits to reduce the oil consumption.
Yes, oil consumption was at the root of my problem. I found out that it ate the stuff at a truly prodigious rate (> 1 qt in 500 miles). The consumption got away from me and grenaded the engine.
Last edited by Gene KLR; 02-06-2017 at 04:08 PM.