Re: Engine swap for dummies: this dummy is wondering..
Hrmmm, 1.6 and 80 something ftlbs of torque or 2.8 and somewhere in the area of 140+ ft lbs of torque... the chopice is clear. If you want more, the 2.8 works. Plus you can fit the efi from the 2.9 on the 2.8 or simply drop the 2.9 in and throw out the Weber and all of its constant tinkerings, the tempermental little beast. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
The 1.3 w/cam, Weber carb, headers, gears, will NOT increase your torque anymore than 55-57 ft lbs, nor will it get you better than 66-68 hp outside of the shop and in the real world.
If you want to build up a Sammy and have it 100% Sammy, that's cool too. But if you want some power, the 2.8 is the best for the buck.
My two cents.
Neal the Zukiguy
88.5 Weber carb, header, 4.16 t-case, 31x10.5 M/T's, 2" s/r, 2 1/2" bod lift, front tube, Swift seats, on-board air