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Old 10-15-2013, 03:54 AM   #11
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I just did a rebuild on our 01 se spi engine. Damage to the original engine was pistons 2, 3and 4, with 2 and 4 both broken comoletely away from the rod. 2 and 4 rods bent, obviously the head was done for. We chose to buy a short block from a junkyard for $150, reman head from heads only for $225 and a sealed power re-ring kit fron autozone online for about $225 I think. Took our time over the period of a weekend and built a complete motor and installed it. Total cost after oil, filter, antifreeze, sparkplugs and such, we were still under $700 and now have an excellent running engine that I have no doubt will last a lot longer than the original one did at 120k miles.

I'm all about swapping out for better or faster or whatever but for us it made sense to go this route since the car is just a family car that's meant to get decent fuel mileage. It seemed like I could have gotten a totaled twin cam car and done the swap for the same ammount or less but couldn't justify having a 100k + engine. If I had know there would be a demand, I would have taken some detailed pics and done a writeup. The spi really is probably the simplest engine rebuild I've ever done.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:16 AM   #12
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Also, I found it easier to put the freshly built block into the car then drop the head and intake manifold assembly onto the block afterwards instead of trying to fight with a complete engine. In my opinion, the 2 piece install seemed best.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #13
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My engine is going bad 8 believe it's the infamous problem with the valve seat failing in the 2.0 spi... I'm looking for assist work either a swap to a zetech or rebuild of my current engine

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Old 11-15-2013, 06:37 PM   #14
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Yes I have been thinking about doing a build. I have read a lot about people doing swaps and after all that I have read I would really like to know how and if any one has done one. One of the main things I would like to know is if anyone has done a head swap to a DOHC with the SPI.

I picked up an 04 LX with 223K miles for 700 and here are the pictures. http://s828.photobucket.com/user/stevemcc0372/library/

The more and more I dig into it the more and more I am thinking I got ripped off. The body has a few minor dings and scratches but is real good. The interior has a few stains and is dirty but no rips, Dash is good, everything is stock.

The issues are under the hood. I have ordered and got a few parts and replaced them and it can pass inspection now. Believe it or not that car will still run 80 mph down the road. The issues are that some one must have ran it off the road cause the radiator is held on with wire, the AC lines flop around in the wind, and there is a lot of missing plastic pieces under the hood and wheel wells.

Does anyone know where to get a engine built like balanced and new pistons or it is not worth it for this car?

I did notice there are a few short blocks on ebay for under 500 but they are stripped. and need everything else added to it.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:54 PM   #15
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Lugnut has a thread here.

https://www.google.com/url?q=http://...6gKtHB7yTlKJ9w

Covered it all.

Thanks for the shout-out!

Got close to buying another one to repair, but never heard back from the guy.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:57 PM   #16
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Thanks for the shout-out!

Got close to buying another one to repair, but never heard back from the guy.
You bet-I bought three last week.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:53 PM   #17
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Are you guys making a decent profit on buying these cars with dropped valve seats? Can I as how much you're paying for them, how much you're putting into tjem.and how much they are selling for?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:05 AM   #18
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i would love to see a rebuild
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would be interesting if organized well. Thx
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:43 PM   #19
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i have done two spi rebuilds, both of which only required a new #4 piston and a new head, i did the first one in about 3 weeks, and the second took a week ish, between work and school. for new parts its about 800 dollars in parts, i made about $1500 off of the second one.
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