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I have a friend who is a mechanic (not for imports, but he does do engine work for larger vehicles) and he said that he would teach me what he knows about working on engines. I am living in Japan and was thinking about getting a small inline 4 cylinder to learn on. Do any of you have suggestions as to a very common engine that is easy to work on that I could get my hands on in Japan? Also, do any of you have any links that go over step by step tear down and rebuild for smaller engines? I have read many rebuild threads on the forums, but I definitely do not want to mess up my RB26!

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I think your best bet is to go to a scrappy and try to find a cheap runner, so when you rebuild it, you know you have done it right :chuckle:

I know in the UK Haynes manuals are pretty good for engine re builds, they give you step by step instructions and pictures :D

But you are starting in the right place by actually buying an engine and looking for a manual. I always found it something that, no matter how much you looked at books, when you are sitting in front of an engine, it all becomes a lot more obvious.
 

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Mac: I was hoping to do just that, but after talking to one of my friends, I found out that I cannot buy a scrapped car as a whole. I can only take parts off of it (or something like that). I will continue to look into it, but I am currently planning on trying to get my hands on just the engine block. Do you have any suggestions for a good engine to learn with? I would imagine that some engines are harder to work on than others. I am also hoping to find an engine that has parts readily available at a low price.

Thanks for the input!
 

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I was going to suggest an M20 from an e30 BMW as they are straight sixes which bears some resemblance to the Nissan straight six, but they must be a rare sight in japan too.
 

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Mac: I would imagine that you are right about the rarity of that car. I'll keep it in mind and ask around when I get back to Japan.

Here is a list of cars that I would easily find in a junkyard:

Mitsubishi Pajero / Evo (older ones)
Toyota Soarer / Supra (getting a 1 or 2JZ is probably wayyyy outside my price range!)
Nissan Skyline (all kinds) / Silvia / Terrano
Subaru Legacy / WRX / WRX STI
Isuzu BigHorn

Do any of those sound like good options?
 

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They all seem likely to be very complex sports car engines, for a starting point you really want to go down to basics.

Sorry I mentioned Ford Escort I didn't realise you were in Japan
 

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Thanks for the replies!

Jm and Deep: I looked up the prices for both of those engines on E-Bay to get an idea of what they might cost. Looks like the SR18DET would be the best bet as it's a heck of a lot cheaper. Just out of curiosity, is the SR18DET anything like the RB26 (aside of course from the # of cylinders)?

Andy: I really want to learn on a car engine as my goal is to eventually be able to work on my GTR's engine. I had thought about the idea of using a small 4-stroke like a lawn mower, but I would really like to get straight into the mix with a car engine.
 

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My 1st engine re-build was an RB26, total success too. Take the plunge.
 

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Combat: I would love to be able to, but sadly I am only allowed to register one car in Japan so I would not have a car to get to work with. Plus, my mechanical experience only goes as far as spark plugs, oil, brake pads, pulleys, etc. The most engine work I have ever done was changing the camshaft position sensor in a 5 liter V8. Another thing stopping me from using my engine to learn on is the idea of having to replace my beautiful RB26 :bawling:
 
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