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For $2,500, don’t expect to get a V-8 in a rust-free car—not even in California. Our mill was a 225ci Chrysler Slant Six; the one redeeming factor is that these are stone reliable, leak-free engines that get decent mileage. (They don’t make enough horsepower to actually break—a good thing if you’re on a budget.) We soaked it in some degreaser, then hit it with a pressure washer; just make sure to cover all electrical components before letting the water fly.