We live in the temperate Northern California foothills, and lo these many months ago, my wife took my father's 2001 Infinity up the Reno mountain pass without seeing (or checking) the dangerously low oil gauge. It overheated on the long climb up, engine died on the freeway, and had to get towed back home, and has rested there ever since. Perhaps a cracked block led to some kind oil fouling or leakage, regardless the engine ran completely dry of oil and is in all likelihood, completely toast.
The question is this: Is it worth spending the money on a junkyard engine to get this sucker back up and running? Or is this too old and asking for more trouble, not to mention the overhead for Infiniti specific parts, and any work to have a shop do it. Sounds like about $2,500 total... which is somewhat hilarious as that's exactly what KBB says the resale value of the vehicle would be in "fair" condition.
OR I could somehow find the time and tools, buy an engine off ebay, and manhandle the old one out, and somehow get the new one in. For an inexperienced garage tinkerer the latter sounds both fun and frightening. Not to mention the learning curve is sharp, and I'm not sure I trust myself with something so important.
This is less of a technical question, and more one of economics and experience. Thanks in advance of any wisdom you fine folks can impart.