Originally Posted by spartian182
So my brother has been borrowing my 97 civic for a while because his truck is a piece. To say the least, he knows absolutely nothing about cars so its safe to assume that he has done nothing for up-keep. So, as he is driving down the interstate today he blows a hole in the exhause side of the block roughly the size of of a pool ball.... I plan on fixing the car and at the same time want to play around with it. I've never pulled an engine much less done a complete rebuild so i thought it would be fun to strip the old block to the core and replace it. I know enough about my car to get by on a day to day basis and do numerous types of repairs but am in no way ex expert. maybe a novice..lol. so anyway the engine is a D16Y8. Nothing fancy and i don't really plan on going to crazy with the rebuild. Probably just going to stay close stock with maybe a few internal upgrades. My question would be if there is anything in specific that i really need to pay close attention to so i don't end up losing the whole engine completely.
buy a repair manual for your car. it will guide you during your engine overhaul. it's pretty straight forward but will be time consuming. remove motor, take off head on old motor, take off tranny, bolt tranny and head to new bottom end (assuming there is no damage to the head), drop motor back in and you're done. of course it's motor detailed than that but like i said the manual will guide you through it.