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Re: Help me build my new Sammy....long post
Tips to Rebuild your 1.3
Do it by the book. Check every part to make sure it is not too worn out, if it is replace it.
Everything below here is our opinion, and is a judgement call on your part.
If your 1.3 has that many miles on it, your pistons may not need replaced,,,,but you need to check the center of the cylinder to make sure. If it is oversized you will end up with that annoying piston pinging sound (like running bad gas)
We just rebuilt a 1.3 "1324" and stuck it in place of a "1298" in a 1992 fuel injected Zooki, bored it .020 over, and had the head milled, those were the only mods done to it. You wouldn't believe how much more power it has. Not just because it was new engine, it was way more than that.
We have built these "stock" for people on a budget, but they don't get as many miles out of them as ones we have bored. If you go stock and take good care of it, you should be able to run a year or two before you need to go through it again. (This is your call)
Our first rebuilt 1.3 .030 over (built in early 92)is still running great, passed emmissions, even with the hell run out of it. Just kept the oil changed and never let it over heat.
Our last built 1.3 has a bored .030 over decked-block, milled head w/all new valves, Torquer cam, header w/2inch exhaust and a free flow cat, Weber w/the bowl mod to let it climb w/out dieing. He is running 31X10.50s with the 4.16 T-case, it rock crawls great offroad, and screems on road, no need to go over 5 grand with the Torquer cam. He could have done more to it, but wanted to keep the cost down, but yet end up with a long lasting go fast 1.3, none of those adaptor or other cutting and bolting on parts, just Keep It Simple Silly,,,,You should hear it run,,gggggrrrrowl!
I sure hope this helps.