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Let me preface this by saying I have almost no mechanical knowledge or skill whatsoever. I recently blew the engine of my pride and joy, my '04 350Z. My hope is to replace the blown stock engine with something a little more powerful, but I don't know where to begin. Everything in the car is stock. I may have to do the install myself (broke college student and mechanics are expensive) or with the help of a more mechanically inclined friend. Any suggestions or advice would be GREATLY appreciated!
 

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Since you don't have a lot of mechanical ability, I would suggest replacing the motor with a motor out of the same year as your car. That wouldn't get you any more horsepower but it would get you back on the road with the least problems. Do you have the tools necessary to do the job?
 

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It's a somewhat complex and expensive engine to modify - not good for a broke student scenario

You need a pretty good selection of tools to do an engine swap on the 350Z
Not to mention a decent engine hoist (perhaps you can rent one?)

The general approach for a home engine swap is to entirely remove the nose - this gives you access to lift the engine and draw it out forwards
 

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As the others have said, you need to replace the blown engine (VQ35DE) with a similar model out of a Z33 or Infiniti G35. Don't be tempted to try a swap to "something a little more powerful" as you won't be able to afford it. The electronic architecture of your car is set up for the VQ35DE and going to another engine will be beyond your skills and wallet. I'd also suggest you save some money and have a skilled mechanic do the work- you'd just be in the way.
 

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Thanks for the replies and sorry for the delay in my replying! You guys are right, a larger engine is a bad idea, and too much for me to do at home. I am saving for a used engine and have contacted a local mechanic about the job. Hopefully someday soon I'll be at the wheel again!
 
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