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Old 11-27-2012, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile 91 Samurai with 95 sidekick 1.6L 16v OPINION WANTED

I bought an 88 Samurau earlier this year and have really enjoyed it...

I decided to pickup another one as a project but I'm starting to wonder if i took on more then I should have... I'm looking for the communities opinion and advice.

I picked up a 91 Samurai that had the fuel injected engine originally but 2 previous owners ago had put a 1.6L 16v from a 95 sidekick in it. (last owner was a rich banker and knew nothing about it) They REALLY cobbled the wiring up, really bad.... to the point that I had planned to just replace the engine wiring/under dash harnesses. The body is in pretty good shape, and came with a SPOA and "so so" 33" tires for $1500...frankly I also wanted the back seat (which came with it) for my other Samurai...

I put a battery in the Samurai and the ignition will come on, but thats about it... looking at the wiring, with cut wires and crimps littering under the dash and in the engine compartment...

In any case, I found a 93 full harness and ecm ($175)and had planned to send it off to trail tough ($299 trialtough) ... Here are my questions for the community

1) I'm at 1500 now but I'd quickly be close to $2,000 for the replacement harness, ecm and trail tough modifications...when i REALLY dont know if the engine is even any good....although it would seem likely that it is if someone is going to swap it in.... I have not tried to track down the 2nd previous owner but i will before i proceed any direction.

2) Is this something a basic mechanic can take on if their not in a hurry or should I scrap the project or let a pro complete the wiring? I dont currenlty have a chilton or any similar manual but i'd guess it would be a requirement among the use of this forum/other

Maybe just craigslist the whole thing and get something in "Working order and toy with it... Any insight is appreciated!!
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The best thing to do would be get compression readings from all cylinders... although it requires a gauge.

There are a few things you can check without special tools... first would be to remove the spark plugs. Check for damage or excessive fouling. Then drain the oil pan. Check the oil for color and scent. Look for water or coolant. Remove the oil filter and carefully cut it open too check the filter element for metallic debris.

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