I'm quite a noob around here. Last week I picked up my green '99 FMII from Miami. Unfortunately the engine didn't survive the drive up I95. After about 1000 miles, under light boost and 6000rpm a piston appears to have separated from the rod. This was followed up by the rod poking some holes into the block and oil-pan.
Don't know if the head survived - there's no external damage, but I'll know when I pull it.
Here's my question: It appears that 1999-2001 engines are relatively expensive. Can I just use a pre-1999 1.8l short-block or is there a difference? AFAIK
the heads are different, but block and crankshaft are the same - no?
There's a guy around here selling a '97 1.8l engine for $200. Sounds like a great deal if the crank and block are OK.
I'm planing on using lower compression pistons anyway to increase the possible boost levels, but was thinking about leaving pretty much everything else stock. The car is supposed to be a daily driver with some mild track activity on a few weekends....
Any suggestions would be welcome!