Monday, May 13, 2013

Pouring Rain Yet?

Well, it is said that it never rains, but it pours.  Yay.

Before I can get back to the corvette, I have to fix a honda civic.  I finally got the engine pulled on the civic (things were looking good before I got it out), and then.....


The block is spider cracked all over the back side.  So much for a repair.  A good friend referenced a company in Centerville that deals specifically with these "metric motors".  Not sure how many places I've called.  The first one said "Yeah, we can get you a replacement motor, 12 month warranty, and fully checked for $850.  The second shop said "don't trust the first one you called, every motor we've had from them has been junk", and then priced it at $2.1k.  They all seemed to be about the price of that second one, until I called that last one.  They could get me a bare block for $150.  Of course, I'd have to have the block checked out, decked, sleeved, and install new bearings, but I finally felt comfortable with these guys.  I'll probably get their 1.6l used engine for $1.3k from them, it feels more reliable, and they aren't trying to charge me to remove an engine that's already removed.  ("Free towing"?  Why move the car when the engine isn't in it?)

So, the block is hosed, but I have a possibility of another one on the horizon.

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