Save your money. Learn the fundamentals of automotive work by keeping that datsun running while you spend your money on college. When you can realistically save $1000/mo, then consider delving into that kind of a project.... because that $2500 won't get you very far. An engine laying around your parents house and no money left over is useless at best, more likely contentious.
Yeah, that's not the answer anyone wants to hear. But realistic project planning and a pragmatic attitude goes a very long way.
<< Speaking from experience.
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