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Looking for a 1725 engine for learning

Discussion in 'Alpine Cars and Parts Wanted' started by Bill Tippy, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Bill Tippy

    Bill Tippy Silver Level Sponsor

    I'm looking for an inexpensive/cheap (free is good) 1725 engine that I can take apart and get some experience working on engines.
    I took auto shop class in high school many years ago but never got the chance to actually work on engines, other than maintenance and simple repairs.
    I certainly don't want to learn (the hard way) working on my own car, just yet.
    I'm in Plymouth, Michigan, which is about 1/2 hour west of Detroit. I can take a one or two day trip to pick up.

    Along those lines, what's a reasonable price to pay for an engine? I know it depends on condition and how complete it is.
    I think I've seen one on eBay for $600, but I'd have to find the listing.
  2. absunbeam

    absunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    Bill-Have one for that purpose in Union Grove, Wisc. $500
  3. volvoguys

    volvoguys Diamond Level Sponsor

    I have a couple of 1592's, one pretty complete in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    I would be happy to donate one for your cause but you'll need to pick it up.

    Mark ..... volvoguys
  4. Bill Tippy

    Bill Tippy Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks, that would be great.
    Let me get back to you.
    I need to figure out when I can make the trip.

    Do you ever watch a chief meteorologist in Harrisburg, Tom Russell? I know him from our broadcasting classes at the University of Dayton.
  5. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    If you just want to do a teardown and look through does it have to be an Alpine engine? The junkyard probably can offer up many options at the scrap metal price.
  6. Bill Tippy

    Bill Tippy Silver Level Sponsor

    My thought was to rebuild a 1725, put it in the Alpine while I work on the original one.
    That's what I was thinking. But maybe I need to take baby steps and work on any 4 cylinder to get my hands dirty first.
  7. volvoguys

    volvoguys Diamond Level Sponsor

    Tom Russel is a meteorologist in our local CBS station 21 here in Harrisburg. Sure, I've seen him many times but I'm more likely to tune into NBC 8.

    I have no stake in giving you an engine other than to maybe help a fellow 'Beamer get his nails dirty so Electron's suggestion to get a engine locally has merit. But, IMO, if yer gonna get familiar with a motor why not work with one from a car you have interest and may use? Alpine engines are very simple and don't need all the bullsh!t modern cars do.

    Of course, distance is an issue, too.

    Mark ..... volvoguys
  8. Mike O'D

    Mike O'D Gold Level Sponsor

    UD - my alma mater too! Go Flyers!
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  9. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    Not terribly sure what your skill set is. When I was a kid my dad gave me a junk engine and transmission which I took apart bolt by bolt with no worries about it going back together. Something like that is always a good first step for anyone. Thing is, do you want to be on a "learning curve" with an engine that needs to come back together and run, on the first teardown you ever do?
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  10. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    Highly recommend searching the Tech Data of this forum, reading all you can about the rebuilding of these engines. Many videos are also available of the rebuild. Take photos of every step of dis-assembly. Will help you with assembly. Take note of where the timing gears are set and distributor are set, taking photos of both before dis-assembly. Separate baggies for each set of nuts and bolts. I took on a job of assembling a restored Firebird once, the guy told me all the parts are in the boxes. Yep, they were. what a mess that was.
    Engine is pretty simple. It's getting the damn thing back together so that it doesn't leak is the hardest part. I know, British cars and all, Marking their territory, Rust prevention of undercarriage. If it ain't leaking, check your oil level. Good luck with all that. Lots of sealant in my opinion.
    Problem with rebuilding an engine just to put it in the car while you build the original engine, it's harder to justify pulling that engine back out if it's running nicely. Ask me how I know. Have a completely built engine sitting in the shed, but the one in the car is doing great. If it ain't broken, blah, blah, blah.
    Anyway, have fun, relax and enjoy it.
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  11. Tom H

    Tom H Platinum Level Sponsor

    Bill, PM sent,

    Tom H
  12. Bill Tippy

    Bill Tippy Silver Level Sponsor

    Mark, I want to thank you for your kind offer. I ended up getting a 1725 from Cleveland, about 2.5 hours away.
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