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Old 11-26-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default WTB: cheap engine. busted ok.

Want to buy a cheap miata engine for a science experiment. It's ok if it's busted/hole in block/whatever but ideally i'll be in a semi running condition without pieces of shrapnel in the oil passenges. Preferably 1.8 with an intake manifold too but I'll consider anything if it's cheap. And of course "local" (say ~200 miles) prefered so i can pick it up. I'm located in central NJ.

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Too bad I'm not local, you could have a complete 1.6L with 200K miles for free. The front pulley came loose but there is no damage to the crank, etc. I'm all for science experiments. If I head that direction in the near future I will let you know... GL
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Cool deal thanks. I am in no rush, just something I've always wanted to play around with.
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I think Olderguy had a busted 99 engine. At least he did a long while ago.
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Miata power barstool?
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I thought I already asked Bruce, but I'll try again.

I want to make a fuel economy experiment. 2cyl with the old spare GT1544 I have in my attic. I should be able to get ~120rwhp with 800-900cc (half of the 240rwhp/14psi that the original twins made) and nice fuel economy. I have a guy here that should be able to balance the crank with 2 missing pistons/rods and I can grind off the cam lobes that aren't used. Worth a shot if it's 'free'-ish.
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I thought I already asked Bruce, but I'll try again.

I want to make a fuel economy experiment. 2cyl with the old spare GT1544 I have in my attic. I should be able to get ~120rwhp with 800-900cc (half of the 240rwhp/14psi that the original twins made) and nice fuel economy. I have a guy here that should be able to balance the crank with 2 missing pistons/rods and I can grind off the cam lobes that aren't used. Worth a shot if it's 'free'-ish.
You are one crazy man. DO IT!!
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I could sacrifice my current '94 1.8 but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it, it'd be a shame. Maybe I can find an escort or Kia engine for cheap.
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If you were willing to go with a 1.6 I have some friends who have a few out at Summit Point.
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1.6 is fine. Hell, it may be better, less displacement is the idea!

lemme know. 4 hours 1 way isn't too bad for free...it'll be about $100-150 in gas and tolls.
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Have any local Pull-a-parts?
Escort/Kia motors abundant and dirt cheap and you can buy a warranty.
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Too bad you're not closer to NC... I'd love to get rid of my 1.8L for $100 or so! High miles, bit of water got in the cylinders when it was sitting, but it's not blown.
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I've got a complete '99 head with cylinder number two having some damage plus a complete '99 intake mani plus throttle ( needs cleaning ).



Trade for stainless FM V2 manifold maybe?
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