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Klaus43


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posted February 16, 2003 10:39 AM

Drive one first.

You'll know in the first few minutes of test-driving a rotary whether or not it's for you. Beyond that, you generally get what you pay for, unless of course it's too good to be true, which usually means it is. Buyer beware.

       
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dodge48


1st Gear
They call me the "Anti-Honda"
Posts: 41
posted February 17, 2003 12:47 PM

Well i hit the junkyards today. I was a few days late on a couple of cars. they had crushed them and more than likley they still had the 13b's in them. I ran across 1 more car though. Its only a 12a from an 85. it has 246,000 miles though. I imagine it will need some sort of rebuild. I can get the engine and tranny for about $350. Im waiting on it though cause its only a 12a and i have 1 more junkyard to stop at and check prices on one. What is yall's opinion on a 12a motor like that?
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weinstro


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posted February 17, 2003 01:23 PM

Hitting the Junkyards

I would pass on a 12A with that many miles. You will most likely find many parts are just plain worn out. Far better to find a working 13B and go with that.

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dodge48


1st Gear
They call me the "Anti-Honda"
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posted February 18, 2003 09:21 AM
Edited By: dodge48 on 18 Feb 2003 09:58

Another thing about that car that had the 12a in it. It had no body damage on it so I knew it had to be in there for machanical problems. The man said it would run but I still didnt like the looks of it.

Almost forgot to post...I went to the other junkyard. I can get an 87 13b with tranny computer and all the accesories for 1000. they also have a turbo motor with the 5 speed and all the goodies for 1200. Sure beats that 12a
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Draggin_2600i


Redlining
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posted February 18, 2003 10:04 AM

$1200, thats a good deal if they give you all the wiring and stuff.. out here they charge $1400 or so for that.. and sometimes you still need to buy the ECU..

       
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Klaus43


Rotorhead
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posted February 18, 2003 10:38 AM

Assume nothing.

Anymore, I consider used motors to be only as good as I can verify them to be. That means run prior to purchase, if not driven... All the 'guarantees' in the world are only worth what it takes to squeeze something back outta what wasn't...and then you've wasted a bunch of time...and money. Of course, if it looks and sounds good, and doesn't yet burn too much oil, and hasn't been run low on oil, or water, or overheated, or over-revved... (you get the picture...) Many times, it can be as simple as finding the vacuum leak(s) and taking care of 'em... You will come across many know-nothings out there in your quest for good used rotaries.

       
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dodge48


1st Gear
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posted February 18, 2003 11:00 AM
Edited By: dodge48 on 18 Feb 2003 11:03

the guy i can get the 13b's from i have known a good while. I would trust him when i buy it from him, cause if there is something that shows up later that didnt show before he will fix it or give money back. Of corse that doesnt mean im not going to run it before i buy. I want to see this thing run before i go through all this trouble. As far as the 12a its sold as is, which is why im going for the 13b. only thing now is to decided if i want the 87 13b or the 13b turbo. What do you all think? ( both of these options include the engine tranny computer and all wiring. non turbo is 1000, turboed is 1200)
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