There's a way to turn a 3.3L into a 3.4L using pistons from a VH45 engine, but it requires some machine work. Google it if you're interested; it shouldn't be too hard to find.
That sent me down a rabbit hole... however, returning back to reality, that's beyond my budget. Very cool though, maybe a plan for next time I pull the engine.There's a way to turn a 3.3L into a 3.4L using pistons from a VH45 engine, but it requires some machine work. Google it if you're interested; it shouldn't be too hard to find.
I understand where you're coming from and agree with you to some extent. If we were talking about small block Chevy or Ford where parts are common and inexpensive, I would say definitely. Nissan engines are a little different and most people can't rebuild them as well as the factory. Nissan doesn't just have the regular and oversize parts when it comes to pistons and crankshafts, they also have "grades" of those sizes. So, a standard sized piston may have four different "grades" that are used to get the clearance tolerances as low as possible. As anyone who knows Nissan's VG engines, they are usually pretty trouble free for hundreds of thousands of miles so long as one changes the oil and changes the timing belt. You can usually find a good VG33E engine in an auto salvage yard for a decent price that it makes it worth the gamble of going the used engine route; I would, however, request they pull a valve cover and send me a picture before they send it, if I'm having it shipped just to make sure the top of the head is not coated in sludge! If you go to Ebay, you can find JDM VG33E engines under 70K. miles for around $800+shipping (as needed). Compare that to the down time of having to teardown and engine, send it out to the machine shop and then re-assemble it before dropping it back in the engine bay for what will end up costing 2-3 times the cost of the JDM engine with a 90-day warranty. How much warranty do you get if you build it yourself and slip-up?.... None. I normally don't like to gamble with used parts, but I would personally take a chance on a used VG33E engine unless I had the money to purchase a reman engine.It is better to go with an engine you know and you have put together yourself than to buy used and enter the world of not knowing a darn thing the power plant under your hood.
Thanks!Wow, takes me back to around '78-'81 = my wrenching days. Good times.
Frontier.Steve, I admire your ambition!!
I wish they swapped out the amniotic fluid for a gallon of 5W30 before the end of my first trimester. At least they were on the right track with my name...I can see why your parents gave you the first name Frontier !!!
No problem. I'll post a link.Engine looks good and those headers are badazz too! Good luck with it.. after completion can we get a sound clip of the headers? Doesn’t have to be connected to the rest of exhaust..😁