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Old 02-11-2017, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1988 Samurai tintop engine failure, what next?

I bought this fella for my daughter up in northern New Mexico, she let her ex boyfriend drive it and he was rough on it and blew the motor, probably threw a rod out the side of the block? I have not seen it but she told me oil leaking was out the side of engine and looks like the metal is broken

Moving on now to the fix, what is the best way to get this fella back on the road. I can get it back home to my place and replace the engine but I'm not sure of the best way to go. I've never owned or worked on one of these. Should I buy a rebuilt long block? From who? Up the size of the engine a little? It is a manual transmission stocker with no mods and will probally stay that way, except for her new engine.

And lastly about how much is this going to cost ? Is it worth fixing or just ditch it. Other than the engine it's a good clean little rig. My labor is free

Thanks for any input or opinions!
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Quickest, cheapest and easiest is to find another 1.3 and swap it out. These little Samurai are probably the easiest vehicle to wrench on that was ever built. Honestly, the last engine install I did took three hours, from the engine coming off the stand, to starting it up and backing it out of the shop. You'd think the little truck was designed by a mechanic, because everything is so easily accessible.
I'd be looking on Craigslist for a running replacement. Should you decide to freshen it up, before putting it in, the 1.3 very simple, is easy to work on and parts are cheap. The shop manual is available online, for free.
If you decide you don't want to repair it, what do you want for it? I've got three Samurai and can always use another one.
As for cost, I've seen running 1.3s for as little as $300. As for doing a full rebuild, you can spend anywhere from $250 for a basic rebuild kit, to whatever, but you're still going to need a replacement block for your ventilated one.

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Thanks for the info Az, very helpful.
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If interested, here you go:

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/pts/6003062804.html
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Thank you, I'll call em and try to work something out.
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And it comes in its own TOTE!

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That didn't last long, someone here probably grabed it
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How's the search for an engine going? If you decide to upgrade to the 1.6, there is one for sale on CL, again. It's a bit more involved than just swapping in another 1.3, but the adapters are easily available and it's a good solution.
It's also another modification with lots of information available on the web.

https://tucson.craigslist.org/pts/6005200601.html
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Thanks for the heads up, heading outa town for a couple weeks, leaving Sunday so I have to put my search on hold.
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Well, I've been searching off and on and these 1.3's are few and far between never anything even remotely close to Austin.

Any recommendations on a good honest builder to buy a long block from? The problem is my core is shot so I'm looking at an extra 300-500 bucks for no core and by the time I get it I'm sure it's 2500-3000 bucks at least. Just don't know if I can do that, hate to ditch the thing but that may be the option.

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