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Old 15-Sep-2010, 07:51 PM
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HELP! Need some advice please!

hey guys, first off my name is Salty, im pretty new to the civic world seeing as im only 18 but ive got a question that i need some advice on. so here goes.

So ive been talking to this guy whos selling a bunch of honda parts for my year civic (ek) and he claims to be parting out his build. now on his classified ad he wanted 850$ for his b16a, 300$ for his 2 sparko racing seats. Now ive been talking to him for more than 2 weeks and he hasnt sold them yet and now hes getting antsy to sell them so he agreed on a ridiculously low price for both. he said he;d give me the seats, the b16a and the clutch, flywheel, harnesses, ecu, etc. all for $500. Im assuming the parts are hot seeing as he wants to meet at a tim hortons, which im not too concerned about but heres my question.

Because the b16a is already pulled, i have no way of telling how and if this motor is seized, garbage, if its good, or any internal damage. but for a price like that it makes me double think it because heres my logic, bare with me, lets say the engine is shot, and it needs a rebuild or something, for 500$ is it not true that i could part out the engine and at least make my money back? especially since hes throwing in the sparco seats? i mean those probably retail for like 250 each im guessing? and im guessing i could sell the valve cover, clutch, head, etc for at least all for around 300$? id really like any advice anyone can offer me. i currently have a 98 civic si SOHC 1.6 but it has 355k on it. im assuming that pretty soon that motors gonna give out, which is why im looking at the b16. plus im a teenager and so i always rip to 6 grand when driving and ive read that the b16 is a high revving engine.

If you guys have anything to offer please let me know, all responses will be appreciated. I just need some reassurance that my logic is right in saying id make my money back if the motor was shot.

Thanks alot and its awesome to be a new member of the TCC

-Salty.
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Old 15-Sep-2010, 10:52 PM
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The old adage comes to mind...

If it sounds to good to be true.....
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Old 15-Sep-2010, 10:58 PM
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very true, but dont you think i could part it out for my money back at the worst case scenario?
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Old 15-Sep-2010, 11:02 PM
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Why go through the effort on something that may not return the value you put into it? You part out a potentially shot engine, I highly doubt you'll make much on said parts.
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Old 15-Sep-2010, 11:08 PM
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thats true, but arent the sparco racing seats alone worth the 500$?
so lets say i only make 100-200$ on the parts of the engine IF its shot, it still wouldnt be that bad of a deal would it?
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Old 16-Sep-2010, 10:07 AM
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If that motor is shot, the head might be as well. If the pistons melted/broke the pieces could have smashed the valves and head beyond repair. Then you'd be stuck with an engine worth nothing.

I'd be very careful if I were you.

B16's rev to 8000rpm+
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