Its a bit strange. I dont feel ive achieved all that much. But when I think about what I've done on a driveway I'm a little happier.
It would have been a shame to scrap it for such a small trival thing and its why alot of cars get thrown away.
The engines are cheap enough its just labour costs that makes them throw away items.
I'm happier I understand more about the car and enjoy the challenge. I did hit a low point on day three when I still had the engine out and changing parts over. I can only assume an actual engine holder or similar would have made it easier and less stressful on my muscles as well as a trolly jack would have been useful.
I know if I was to do it again I'd probably cut those 4 days down to three. If I had the proper equipment I reckon I could shave that down to 2 but they would be long stressful days.
However an engine change isn't difficult. I'd say on par with changing a cambelt on technical ability. Its just tediously long.
Motorbikes are alot easier :-)
Almost wish i opted for the 2.0L now though for the sake of an ECU and engine mounts and clutch.
Still that would have put up the engine price and cost of which I really don't have.
You should have seen the smile on my face when I first started it up and it fired into life first turn off the key. (I kicked it over a few times without coil packs to get oil round the system and fuel into the pipes).
It was loud, due to only having the first set of manifolds on. The only time my car would sound like a V8.