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Unread 11-08-2009, 06:02 PM   #21
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Yes, the JDM market. Mandatory engine replacement at 100,00 KMs, or 60,000 miles.

The engines are not always the same as US & Canada, many people get caught on that after they buy a engine for $400 and then find it won't fit.
It's not mandated replacement at 60K this is a common myth people believe Japan has a serious rust problem and requires yearly inspection on all vehicle's once a year and they are very strict anything that could compramise the integrity of the car is deemed undriveable which is usually around 60K the repair to the cars out wieghts the value and are taken off the road. The engine and drive train can be mint condition but the under body has rust. The engines can come with as little as 30K to the most I saw was 112K.

Quote from Soshin USA doesn't mention rust but this is what causes most body damage repair.
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There is no such law "requiring" engine replacement at a certain mileage. That is a urban myth propagated by importers and car owners who simply don't know or understand the situation in Japan. The high taxes (annually assessed), insurance premiums, gas costs, and especially the safety inspection/registration (occurs biennial) combine to keep turnover of vehicles high.

For example, the Safety inspection for your typical car (say Camry/Accord type) can typically cost $2,000....each time! New vehicles have a 3 year grace period before they are required to submit for the Safety Inspection. In other words, for a 10 year old car, you will have already paid over $8,000, in just Safety Inspection fees! Don't forget, gas over in Japan is also typically four times the cost of here in the U.S. Mileage is kept low on the vehicles as EVERYONE (unless your fabulously rich and patient) uses alternative transportation to get around. Most folks use the trains for local and medium distance traveling/commuting.

Far distances are taken by airplane and local transportation done by either bicycle or bus. In that society, your car tends to be a status symbol more than anything else. I hope this sheds a little more light for you!
also good reading. http://www.usedjapanmotors.com/content.aspx?id=2
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Thanks for clearing that up.

Just got home from the shop. Tore the gearbox off. The engine is the next thing to go at which point it will be given to someone to be broken down and the decision will be made to get a new engine or rebuild the one in it. That will happen tomorror if time allows. Shouldn't be too hard, the gearbox was the hard part, the engine is barely attached to the rest of the car. It has two bolts which go through the frame and then pan out to four bolts on the engine. Remove two bolts and out comes the engine. It's going a bit slower than I would've hoped, I was planning on being to this point friday afternoon. I had to work by myself for one though and to make things worse as I was pressure washing and getting it ready to be torn down I misplaced my step and twisted my right ankle severly. I had nothing around to grab on to and all of my body weight went on it. I was fine till I got home that night x.x I couldn't even walk that night and the next morning wasn't fun either.
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Inside the block is very nasty. Gonna break it down tonight and then pull the engine out.

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Ouch that has to be a award or something.
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Ouch that has to be a award or something.
It looks much worse than it is. One of the valves was stripped on the cam when it buckled so the cam needs some work. The block has plenty of room to play with to get pits out of it. At least 30/1000's to play with. The valves on the cam are huge... There is literally no room to put anything bigger in it. I did a lil detective work and found out that it's a matching numbers car. The chassis, engine, transmission, and fiberglass body are all the original parts. Even the color and numbering is the same. I am going to try to keep it original since these cars rebuilt and restored go for around $20,000-30,000. I will post some pics for you guys tomorrow.

I got the engine out and tore it down though, as well as the cam is torn down.

This build has been pleasant so far... It is nearly completely torn down and I have yet to snap or round off a bolt head. Everything has never-seize on it and nothing is completely rusted solid. The worst rust is on the 5-point harness mounts and those aren't getting re-used anyway.

The oil pump on this thing is a BEAST. I am thinking of fabbing something up for the radiators. Some kind of scoop to help direct air over them. Get some extra cooling out of 'em.
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hrmm... I do have the camera here... I think I only have a few shots of the cam on it though. I'll see what I can find. If not I will take some new shots and post them tomorrow.

All I have are a few good shots of the cam. You will get to see what I was talking about that is stripped on it.

See how that is leaning to the side. Well it should be standing straight up.






Yup.... she's a rusty old bird, but definately in repairable condition for most if not all of it. I have an enclosed sand-blasting rig as well as an outside unit with a coolsuit. I will be sandblasting just about everything that can be sandblasted.

The frame needs slight work where it meets the uni-body, other than that it's pristine.
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Looks like she was built for race everthing planned ahead down to neversiezing everything. That cam layout was a poor design to start with you should check into getting a custom Cam ground by crane or something at the same specs.
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Looks like she was built for race everthing planned ahead down to neversiezing everything. That cam layout was a poor design to start with you should check into getting a custom Cam ground by crane or something at the same specs.
Perhaps, I want to keep it original though, this was and still is a matching numbers original 1978 Lola 492. On the other hand... I do have an alfa romeo out back with a recently rebuilt (was raced twice and then never again) twin cam straight-4 in it. Basically this engine with a twin cam and perhaps a different size (will have to check the size). Wouldn't hurt to slap a turbo on it either... But then again... That's more $ on the front end and less $ out the back.
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I mean keep the engine original just hae a new cam made
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