I was considering fixing up my Accord, but my A20 has a blown main bearing and the piston is knocking bad (plus oil pressure is 0 when it warms up), so I need a new motor.
I found a local import engines show has a low mileage A18 for $950. I was considering going down there to offer them $7-800 for it. It has an automatic wet plate instead of a flywheel, plus a new-ish looking Keihin carb on top (but all of the rubber hoses were cut off from it). I've done a weber swap on my A20, so not sure if I could go back to using the keihin, but it would be nice to get the good keihin fuel economy again & good emissions I know I will have to re-tune the weber for the smaller displacement, or just plain get a 32/36 and sell the 38/38. that carb is just plain too big for the A-series, and tuning it is a major PITA for getting cruising AFR right along with the acceleration AFR. I tried all size jets, just don't think it's possible lol. (Plainly too much air at once, at part throttle)...
Is this an ok swap, and would it work to pull the A20 intake manifold off my car and put it and my weber 38/38 on the A18 block & head. Does the A20A exhaust manifold bolt onto the A18A head?
The only thing is that the car itself has a great drivetrain because I've replaced all the bushings, new CV axles, full set of Koni coilovers, plus 15" wheels with new tires. The interior is ok, though the drivers seat needs to be re-cushioned and re-threaded. I have a new wiper/light stalk in the steering wheel.
There's 3 problems: bad motor, & also the doors and trunk are rusty as shit, plus the drivers door window motor probably had a screw come out because the window tilts at an odd angle and doesn't want to go back up the right way. I already have a full set of doors/fenders to swap into the car, completely stripped & ready for painting. The carcass does not have any un-treated rust (they were minor spots) but the right rockper panel has a rusted hole in it. I would also need to fix the AC as well (which I can do, as I've fixed & got an R12 system working this past summer); it would just need a new condenser & expansion valve.
Do you guys think it would be worthwhile parting the suspension out? Would anyone on this forum even want that? I think I could sell the weber on eBay, but I doubt I'd be able to sell the wheels/tires without a hassle? Have any of you guys experienced this?