Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: San Marcos,Ca
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Low, Low Budget 1.6 Install
I bought an 86 TT 4 years ago that is rust free. It has been sitting out in our place in Nevada for the last four years, so I finally decided to do something with it. It had 50k original miles and is extremely clean, with a large crack in the side of the block from not enough anti-freeze in the winter. I have several 1.6 engines and purchased a 1.6 8V motor for another project and didn't use it, so I decided why not use it in the TT. Being extremely cheap I thought I would try to do this one at the lowest possible cost.
To start, I took the 1.3 adapter plate and put it against the 1.6 block.
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The two top holes were enlarged with a die grinder, the bottom two were notched to fit the block.
I then, with the plate secured on the motor, checked the 1.3 starter, wouldn't go, so I ground about a 1/8" deep relief in the block. Close but not there yet so I removed some from the starter. After several trial fittings it fit perfect. (It now cranks exactly as it did before, very smooth and no strange noises)
I then placed the 1.6 block on to the Samurai trans. motor mounts were easy, as I have used the Dodge mounts before.
Before mounting the block I drilled the two top bolt holes out for the larger 1.6 bolts. So now I have the short block in with the two top bolts and after some thought I made some adapter plates to secure the bottom 1.6 bolts to the Samurai trans (I am now duplicating them from 3/8" plate ) Ran out of space on the forum will continue on a new page.
Last edited by AUGETER; 09-14-2009 at 06:25 PM.