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Well after several long days and way too much wrenching for my own good. (i wouldn't have thought that possible before this) I finally have my car back together and running!

The project was to take my blown engine in my '99 and swap the head onto a ford escort long block. sounded simple enough. but... it required swapping in a '94 crankshaft so my pulleys would fit, then modifying the '99 water pump so my alternator could bolt up. (BECAUSE CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF AN ESCORT BLOCK IS NOT THE SAME ONLY SIMILAR :D ) a little more involved than i had hoped but it worked out alright in the end. It bolted together fine and has good compression. My engine now consists of two different makes and 4 different year models o.0

I'd like to thank:
-Luv2Turn for helping to take out the old motor and bolt the two together
-Jdmflac for his random appearance and ready tool getting ability. As well as advice when i was confused.
-and my roomate EZ who helped force the Franken engine back into the car.
-and and my little bro i guess for putting up with me stealing his car every few hours.

total cost was about ~$500 plus random tools. 300 of the '91 60k donor plus gaskets and stuff. not bad considering a '99 engine with 65k goes for ~$1000.

yeah, i know i am making a big deal but this is my first time REALLY working on an engine and i am d#$% proud that it started up! :p

Btw, anyone in charlotte have a spare 1.8 fuel injector i can snag tomorrow? one of mine crapped out :/ (just that last fit of a newly rebuilt engine...)
 

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yeah planet miata and parts group have them. I still can't believe i have to order another part before i can drive it...
 

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Nicely done!! Hearing it run after you built it yourself is a good feeling. I think my car is made up of around 9 or 10 different makes/models of cars. The guys at the parts stores HATE me, because all they know how to do is, "What year is it?" "What's the model?" and "What size engine does it have?", then they get angry when I have to think about it.
 

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haha, congrats on getting it running. its a shame I couldn't buy the head but its better that your car is actually up and running.
 

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yeah, i know i am making a big deal but this is my first time REALLY working on an engine and i am d#$% proud that it started up! :p
Congrats!!! You did a lot of work and hearing that engine fire is one of the best sounds in the world (especially when you are the main reason it fired). Though next time, I hope you hear that sound coming from something other than your DD :lol:
 

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yeah, i know i am making a big deal but this is my first time REALLY working on an engine and i am d#$% proud that it started up! :p
Congrats!!! You did a lot of work and hearing that engine fire is one of the best sounds in the world (especially when you are the main reason it fired). Though next time, I hope you hear that sound coming from something other than your DD :lol:

Still running GREAT! has a bit of a whistle from vacuum leak so something must have come loose on the head. But runs awesome!

lol, coincidentally... I just finished helping my friend Zak swap an RB20det into his 240sx last weekend :D my second engine swap! we shaved two weeks down to 2 20+ hour days. I'm getting better! lol
 

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^^ Be careful when you get some experience under your belt, you tend to get cocky, and thats when you make mistakes!!!

My Dad always gave me good advice on building/swapping engines: ::Dad Voice:: Never start an engine until the day after you have finished it re-installing it. That way you won't get in a rush and forget something.
 

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^^ Be careful when you get some experience under your belt, you tend to get cocky, and thats when you make mistakes!!!

My Dad always gave me good advice on building/swapping engines: ::Dad Voice:: Never start an engine until the day after you have finished it re-installing it. That way you won't get in a rush and forget something.

That sir is VERY good advice. exactly what i followed on my first swap! The second involved three people, so we decided a midnight snack would suffice ;)

I imagine there would be nothing quite as dissapointing as starting an engine with no oil :)
 
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