reman engines

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1greenmachine, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Hard to justify doing it yourself given what long blocks go for. I rebuild Porsche engines to pay the mortgage, but I would buy a crate motor if I needed one for my truck because the numbers just don't add up.
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  2. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Been here awhile

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    Thats what we talked about because if its out then would be smart to replace that stuff, plus if something lets go in the used head or timing stuff then the engine gets trashed, plus adding stuff up it doesn't take long to come close to the cars worth. A long block plus other needed parts add up really fast to, now my 06 chevy i would long block because its worth alot more than the cost would be.
    I looked at the filter at work with the good magnifying glass and saw nothing, looked at what was left in the drain pan and didn't really see anything bad, i just overeacted because i know how hard she worked to pay off this car and for the engine to be bad would really suck. So my plan is run it for the week, then i'm gonna change to oil and filter to just see if anything is in there and then we'll run it from there, i thank you guys that have offered advice.
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  3. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    My friend made a lot of money swapping out engines in Hondas and Toyotas. Supposedly Japan ships over containers full of engines with about 60K miles on them. In Japan taxes and inspections get ridiculous at about 60K miles so they buy new cars and scrap the old ones. The engines are sent here for resale.

    He would get a 60K engine dropped off at his house for $400. He would pull the old engine replace the timing belt, water pump, and rear seal. Then he would put manifolds from old on new and reinstall. Cars start up and purr like a kitten.

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  4. electroken

    electroken Been here awhile

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    The main cause of Mazda 2.3 engines losing oil suddenly is dumb-asses cracking the plastic oil filter housing. A popular remedy is installing the filter mount for the 2.0, which uses a conventional spin-on filter.
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  5. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Been here awhile

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    Yep the oil filter design is like crap, hers was all stripped so i got a new cap and also the mazda filter wrench so it doesn't get stripped again. I read about that conversion and that would be nice.
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  6. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    All I know, and that I want to suggest you avoid, is to stay away from ATK rebuilt engines.

    I'd rather get a used one from Japan, if you could find a source, than a new long block from Mexico.

    Having been in the used car business for about 25 years, also... if you go to a wrecker yard to get an engine, demand that you either see it in the car before they pull it, or find the serial number on the already pulled engine and go out to the yard to match some of those to a VIN - all with the point of putting eyes on the car's odometer.

    From first-hand experience bone-yard motors that are already pulled seem to have 20k to 40k miles subtracted from them from the time they leave to car until the time they get into the storage room. I've caught enough bone-yard guys in their pretty far off guess-timations to just not trust them anymore.

    How you would ever verify the true mileage of a shipped-over Jap motor is beyond me.
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  7. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Been here awhile

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    Well i've been putting a bunch of miles on the car and the worse thing i've found is that its gonna suck when i get my car back. The engine is doing fine, probaly do a oil change this weekend or in a few weeks, but we decided if it would come to pulling the engine out we'd probaly just trade the car for something else.
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