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Old 02-05-2008, 05:34 AM
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any info on putting engine back in? lol
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Originally Posted by raykwok
any info on putting engine back in? lol
Do the reverse of the steps to take it out?
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man you do some awesome DIY threads.
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Fantastic right up bro!! This DIY officially makes you The Man.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:44 AM
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great write up and information
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Good Stuff!!!!
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Inspiring info! Gonna be doing this real soon. I dread the removal twice and install once thing, because of having two cars and one turbo motor. But It will have to be. I figure getting things out of the first car to install in the second, will not require much organization. But the removal of the second (to sell) motor will have to be more exact and consist of bagging of bolts and parts.
Again, excellent thread for what I am getting ready to do. And to know it should take about half a day is fantastic!
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Old 08-25-2018, 04:25 AM
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Default A decade later, your post helps a lot!

Getting ready to head out and start removing the engine. I made a short list from your post and now it's time to get on it.

Alone. Unarmed. Unafraid.

Thanks for sharing!
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You have no idea how happy your post made me today. To know that I am still inspiring people to step out of their comfort zone and do things like this is truly a blessing. I wish you all the best in your project and hope you achieve all you desire.
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:04 AM
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For those who ask "How long does it take to remove a VQ35DE?" I offer my personal time:

It took almost exactly 10 hours from start to finish to get this engine out of a 2003 350z. That's including the time it took to strip the engine down to the bare long block (all manifolds, wiring, brackets, etc. off), load all the parts boxes and clean up my mess. At the 6 hour point we had the motor attached to the engine hoist and started moving it out. You could probably get to that point faster if you leave most of the accessories on the engine and transmission. For example, I disconnected most of the connectors from the block before I learned that you can just remove three plugs from the fuse box and then strip the wiring harness from the engine and transmission after they are out of the car. If I was going to pull a motor from a donor vehicle for transplant I'm pretty sure that I could do it in around 5 hours.

As rrmedicx said, you just need the confidence to go for it. Honestly, the only "special" tools I used were hose pliers to remove cooling lines, a refrigerant recovery system for the air conditioning, and a rolling engine hoist with a leveler (gotta have that leveler). I am not a mechanic, but I had one nearby to help with the difficult parts, like how to uncouple 20 different types of electrical connectors and where to attach the engine hoist, so I cheated a bit. Still, if I can do this then you can too.

We'll see how long it takes to get this bad boy back into the car after the rebuild...



First time engine removal from a 350z

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