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Old 11-05-2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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Hey all,

Since my Miata was totaled over here: https://www.miataturbo.net/media-53/...totaled-81499/

I think the next logical step is to get a chassis and build an engine over the winter. Nothing crazy, probably just a normal rebuild + forged rods/pistons.

Anyway I'm looking for someone to point me in a good direction to learn about engine building, I've been looking over some articles but it seems most of them focus on pushrod v8's. While I'm sure a lot of the info carries over, I'm looking for info focused more toward DOHC i4's obviously.

Any help is appreciated.. books/pdfs/articles etc would be great.
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Search for Bogus_SVO on here, he was a machinist that posted a ton of good information.
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if your lucky you might have a local Community college with an auto program that teaches things like this and you get to use all of their equipment. I'm starting to take classes early next year.
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if your lucky you might have a local Community college with an auto program that teaches things like this and you get to use all of their equipment. I'm starting to take classes early next year.
I actually just checked that the other day, no dice.

I've seen a few of Bogus_SVO's posts - I'll check out the other ones.

I'm looking into a few books on Amazon.
This one looks like it covers the engine as well as other repairs:
Amazon Amazon

This one too:
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And I know this is stupid but if you can get a Mazda factory manual that will help a lot. A lot nicer than having to go through it online.
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And I know this is stupid but if you can get a Mazda factory manual that will help a lot. A lot nicer than having to go through it online.
Note that some of the Mazda factory manuals include bottom end information, but some do not. My 99 FSM treats the bottom end as a single piece, and has no specs for main bolts, rod bolts, etc.

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There is a unique 99-05 FSM for the longblock.
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Have you seen this FSM for a reasonable price anywhere? Even a DL version ?
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I haven't seen any FSMs for a "reasonable" price. Seriously theyre all $150+
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Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8: Enthuasiast Workshop Manual by Rod Grainger, Pete Shoemark ISBN 1845840909 is a good book.
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That's one of the books I was considering. I will likely pick that up.
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