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Offline Doug the Bug

Easy engine swap
« on: December 13, 2020, 12:23:35 AM »
I am looking to buy a 1988 FC with a seized 13B engine. The car has not been started for 26 years so I assume it is seized . Does anyone know a good JDM engine that would be an easy swap? I am not looking for super horsepower, but for something that would be easily swapped in and upgradable when I have the funds.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions you guys have!

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Re: Easy engine swap
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2020, 08:35:10 AM »
Another 13b is the obvious answer here?

Easy JDM piston swap?   Not sure, itís a less common option for most.
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Offline Doug the Bug

Re: Easy engine swap
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2020, 03:11:42 PM »
Thanks Digitalsolo, it is my first car and my Dad's first engine swap. I thought a smaller lighter engine might be the better way to go. I am not looking for crazy horsepower, but something that can be my daily diver and upgrade gradually.

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Re: Easy engine swap
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2020, 03:46:37 PM »
You wonít get anywhere near the support and off the shelf solutions for anything but LS engines.

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Re: Easy engine swap
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2020, 04:43:48 PM »
A 5.3 with a 4 speed auto (4L60e) is by orders of magnitude the simplest solution for swaps.    Reckon 80-100 hours of labor if it's your first time, and roughly 4500-5000 dollars in parts.   If you're handy with fabrication and wiring you can lower that appreciably.

Beyond that, putting a healthy rotary in is definitely the easiest.
Blake MF'ing McBride
1988 Mazda RX7 - Turbo LS1/T56/ProEFI/8.8/Not Slow...   sold.
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Offline Doug the Bug

Re: Easy engine swap
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2020, 11:37:48 PM »
Thanks for the options guys. I'll let you know what I decide!
Doug.