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Cat c7 engine rebuild cost to buy a new car
The new Caterham 7 is a very nice car. Not the fastest or the most exciting of rides, but it's certnly more comfortable than the Fiat version, and it's a ton of fun to drive around town. And it's got enough room for a kid or two.
The 7's chassis, though, is not of Cat lineage, and is much too basic for a luxury sedan.
Caterham's new owner will want to have a modern, well-built chassis put in place before he or she has to fork over the big bucks. In a few years, the 7, for instance, will be replaced by the much more modern 7-Eleven.
But at what cost?
According to our friends at AutoChannel.com, new 787's start at $24,550, so a simple engine swap isn't going to break the bank.
The old 7-series engine was a 1.6 L turbo engine that was a relatively small package. Now, the new 787's engine will be an uprated, dual-overhead cam version, but it's still just a little bit bigger than the Fiat's 1.3-liter engine.
This means that the Caterham owner is going to need to have a new engine put in place that is either the same or larger than the old one. And what would we advise?
For starters, why should you get a new engine when you can just have a new engine put in for a new chassis? Because it will cost less, and because it will give you much better gas mileage.
But the most common engine in the new Caterham 7-series is a 1.6 L turbo engine. The reason it's used is because it's a nice balance of power and fuel economy.
Why should you have a new engine put in the new 7-series? For one, the 1.6-liter turbo engine has been around in the 7-series for years and has been the default engine option. It also offers good fuel economy and a good power-to-weight ratio, and it can actually be a bit underpowered for the 7-series' light weight.
Now, if you have the new 7-series and want a new engine, you're going to want to go with a 1.8 L turbo, which will be similar to what you get in a 748/777 with a 1.8-liter engine.
It will be a bit heavier than the 1.6-liter, but it will offer better fuel economy and power.
If you want a larger engine, then the only other option is the old 1.6 L engine.
As you can see, swapping the engine shouldn't be all that complicated, but it is going to require a little work. The easiest way is to have a local mechanic change out the engine for you. We suggest that you take the time to do it yourself, but you can certnly hire someone to do it if you don't want to take the time.
We'll cover how to change the engine in the next chapter.
**The Final Word on Turbocharging**
In the end, you're either going to end up with a very underpowered car or a very overpriced one. If you can afford to take the time to modify your car, we'd suggest that you go with the overpriced version.
We've seen these cars come up as high as $55,000 and they're still slow as balls. So we understand why those that want a more powerful version of the 7-series will have to pay more.
A lot of times, the engines we'll see for these cars aren't going to get any more powerful for the rest of their life. A lot of times, they'll just be fine as they are and we're not going to have to change the engine ever agn.
If you want to know more about tuning a car, see Chapter 7. It should have most of the information you need to get the best performance out of your BMW.
**Ace Mechanic: How to Change an Engine in a Car**
We've given a lot of information in the previous pages about what to do in the workshop. We'd like to finish with a chapter that gives you an idea of what it's like to actually perform the work in your own garage.
This is your chance to read about how to change an engine in a car. It will take about an hour to complete, which means we don't have to put this chapter too late into the book, so we can be frly brief.
If you read our instructions and you actually follow them, you can't go wrong. We think you'll be successful in changing your engine.
**_Change the timing belt:_**
1. **Place a rag under the engine, to catch any crumbs and oil that may fall onto your car's carpet.**
2. **The engine should be disconnected from the car, so that you can move the engine into a safe place.**
3. **Turn off the r-conditioning system, the power steering system and the fuel injectors.**
4. **Pull the engine out of the car.**
5. **Put an assistant on standby.**
6. **Put the engine on the ground in a reasonably stable location.**
7. **Remove the spark plugs.**
8. **Put a rag under the engine block to catch any oil or coolant that might drip onto the engine.**
9. **Disconnect the oil-pressure and fuel lines.**
10. **Remove the oil cap and place a rag underneath it to catch any oil.**
11. **Lift the starter and put it aside.**
12. **Remove the alternator.**
13. **Remove the r-filter cover, then lift off the filter.**
14. **Open the rocker covers by pulling down on them, and remove the camshaft cover.**
15. **Lift off the engine-management cover.**
16. **Remove the cylinder-head bolts and place the cylinder head on the ground.**
17. **Remove the crankshaft bearings from the pistons and place the pistons on the ground.**
18. **Lift off the connecting rods and place them on the ground.**
19. **Remove the spark plugs.**
20. **Remove the timing cover and timing belt.**
21. **Remove the water pump from the engine and drn any oil or coolant that's in the crankcase.**
22. **Remove the oil-pump cover and the water-pump cover.**
23. **Remove the oil pan.**
24. **Remove the oil-filter cover.**
25. **Remove the two valve covers.**
26. **Remove the camshaft bolts and camshaft.**
27. **Remove the bellhousing bolts, then lift off the bellhousing.**
28. **The bellhousing will be held in place by the clutch.**
29. **Remove the clutch-release bolts and the flywheel.**
30. **Remove the drive shaft.**
31. **Remove the radiator.**
32. **Clean the motor.**
##### Figure A: Block off all the water on the engine.
### **Tighten down the engine