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Forum topic by mission76 posted 04-03-2010 08:08 AM 1262 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2010 08:08 AM

Quick question for all the car buffs out there…besides building furniture one of my other interests is cars however my knowledge in the realm is basic at best. Since getting my own place I wanted to reserve a little space in my garage for possibly building my first engine and see how it goes from there. Are there sites that sell kits for small engines and such that you can assemble..or is the only option buying some junkyard engine and hauling it to my house to disassemble and repair as needed. It doesn’t even have to be a car engine…just wanted some sort of internal combustion engine kit to put together.

thanks for any I said I always had an interest and when i was 10 or 11 had a chance to learn with an uncle who built hot rods from scratch, but I choose other he’s passed away and being single, 33, and living on my own I have nothing but time to learn something new. I wish I could go back and spend some time in that garage, as my favorite car has always been the Shelby Cobra…it would have been nice to be able to build one of those kit cars!! Anyway anyone have any web sites on the topic or books to pick up?

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 09:36 AM

Have you considered one of those models of a V8 engine you would probably spend less money that way. I know you can build up car engines form parts places like Jegs and Summit racing. I’d build it for something a car or truck you plan to put it in. You could also study a type of engine that would be very useful and easy to sell when your done with it. Have you considered a steam powered engine? That would be a neat project too. Just my two cents.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 03:14 PM

You need to get online with some thing like Horsepower Get yourself a Jegs catalog
My son and I used to be into drag racing and built some serious motors. You need to get the basics down and go from there. Look for a local car club or hot rod group (sanctioned, not outlaws) you will learn alot from them.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 03:31 PM

It may depend on how much you wish to spend. When you start talking about engines for cars, this can get pretty expensive both in terms of tools and parts. I used to work in an automotive machine shop. When you start building “real” engines, you can get into a lot of very specialized tools that can not only be expensive, but can require some pretty specific skills to learn to use. If you just want something to look at, you could buy a cool V-8, mount it on an engine stand and the clean and paint the outside parts to make it look cool. You could do that without getting into too much money.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 05:11 PM

A VW engine is very easy to rebuild and they are pretty easy on the pocketbook. A small block Chevy or Ford engine would also be a breeze.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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