Originally Posted by 18psi
Considering doing this:
mild bore+hone - 80 at the local machine shop
belfab pistons+rods - 835
rings (if they're not included with the belfab kit - 100
gasket/seal set - 80
timing belt+water pump kit - 70
coolant re-route - 230
What am I missing?
Bore/hone for $80 scares me, but maybe you know the guy. My shop did crank micropolishing, +1mm bore, hone, checked the head and decked, microfluxed and hot-tanked the block, for $200, and I felt like I got a damn good deal out of it.
Belfab pistons/rods, I've heard a couple of horror stories about Belfab recently. Get the rods from M-Tuned and see if you can buy the Supertechs from 949Racing or direct from Supertech or something. The pistons come with rings and pins. Belfab makes good products, but his customer service seems to be a little lackluster, so if you can avoid him while still getting the products he sells, that's a win-win in my book.
Gaskets and seals, I have mixed feelings about doing an eBay kit even though folks have had good luck - I think I ended up into Mazda for around $250 including my HG, timing belt and water pump, and I have the peace of mind knowing that every seal in the motor is brand new OEM.
I think I paid $100 shipped for bearings on eBay, ACL Races. If I had had more time I would have looked for some Calico-coated bearings, but I was crunched so I ordered the ACLs and they worked out.
Do the oil pump gears. It's $160, they are a ***** to do later and EASY to do now, and if you ever decide to jump to a potato or a 30R or something it won't be on your mind.
I did ARP head studs, totally unnecessary except I had my first HG leak upon startup and I didn't feel like doing it again.
I think I ended up $1700 into it including the second head gasket and shipping on everything. Like you, I didn't pay for assembly, though. Motor has been flawless - just compression tested it last week, dead cold, 170-165-165-175.
If I had been given more money? I would have been choosing between a knife-edged crank ($500) or a little headwork for the same money. I probably would have done the crank, since headwork is a lot easier to do later on down the road. Castillo's Cranks in LA can get 7+lbs out of our cranks for $500 - think about what a lightweight flywheel costs, and that is a pretty good price.