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I've pulled my motor 5 or six times now. The first time took me 2 afternoons.

I can complete a full swap by myself in about 4 hours if everything goes well.

The longest part is waiting for the radiator to drain, and mating the motor back up to the transmission.

-- Dave
 

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I did it last weekend, really not too hard. It was my first time doing it, though I have a pretty good understanding of these things, plus I had some good help and a manual which really helps remind you of things. I'd call total time around 14 hours, but that's taking my time and being very patient. You also don't necessarily need an engine hoist, if you've got a come-along and some chains, it's not hard to do from the roof of your garage or even from a solid tree branch. I did it from the roof of my garage, no problem, just make sure you get it VERY well mounted if you do it this way.
 

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The other important factor is if you have a good set of tools and place to do it. You'd really want a garage, and the main tools are just sockets and some box wrenches where sockets don't fit, though if you have things like a flywheel holder it helps. What kind of facilities do you have access to?

Note: I'm going to school out in Rochester, and if you're still in need of help in a couple weeks I might be able to make a trip over your way.
 

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Engine Removal link

It's not that hard at all. I did mine on the street in front of my house. The DIY is pretty straight forward. The hardest part is mating then engine back to the tranny when you're re-installing it. Just lube up everything and wiggle it around some. It should just slide on.
 

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It isn't really a swap just a replacement. You shouldn't have a hard time with it if you have any mechanical abilities.

I think it took me about 3 hours to get mine ready to pull, and I took off the whole front end, so if you are just pulling the engine, maybe 2 then say a little bit longer to get it back in. Easily done in a day.
 

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If your not that far from Mass, try and find a way to get your car up there and take it to ECS. You will get your swap done right the first time with these guys.
 

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The difference between 1999 and 2000 is that in 1999 there was a MAF, that little box a few inches square attached to the intake with all the wires going to it. In 2000 they switched to a system that reads the air at the throttle body. So if you get an '00 or '01 engine you need to keep your intake manifold and intake piping so that the engine will run.
 
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