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Replacing A Car Engine

Discussion in 'Vehicle customizing' started by dannyboy, Feb 15, 2014.

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  1. dannyboy

    dannyboy Member Founding Member Top Thread

    May 24, 2013
    How difficult is it to install a new car engine for those of you who have done it?
  2. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

    Apr 25, 2012
    Truck Driver
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I have helped rebuild an engine but having replaced an engine yet or did a swap. But if your replacing the engine with the same engine you just have to remove and install the new one for the most part.

    If you are swapping in a different engine it would be more work. Some would be easier then others. You might need a new computer, harness, engine mounts, headers and so on. If it is a swap that has been done many times then you might be able to find adapters, mounts, computer and harness set ups and so on. If your doing a less common swap you might have to do some trouble shooting and custom work to make things all work well together.

    With the money, skill and time, almost any swap can be done.

  3. Sharingan 19

    Sharingan 19 New Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    It's really not that hard, I've done it on my RX-7 (twice actually) and on my volvo. It is however a tedious process that requires patience and attention to detail.

    The absolute must have items are:
    • Digital camera/phone
    • ziplock bags
    • Masking tape
    • Sharpie

    The most important thing is to take your time, and document (take a picture) of every bolt you remove and every wire you unplug. Pictures of the general area are fine as long as you can see the orientation. Along with the pictures it is important to label the zip lock bags and place the corresponding bolts inside, because you WILL NOT REMEMBER where they all go. As an extra precaution you can label hoses and wires with the masking tape to make re-assembly even easier.

    Doing it this way takes a little longer to get the engine out, but it's much faster putting it back in AND it greatly increases the likelihood that it will start on the first try.
  4. Soulwatcher

    Soulwatcher Member

    May 16, 2012
    I have done it once in my 1985 Mustang GT. I went to the junk yard and picked up a motor and then I brought it back to my buddies shop. I had the old motor out and the new motor in, in less then 5 hours and I never changed a motor before in my life. As the above poster said, just make sure you label everything and you will be ok.

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