It\'s coming together!
Almost 2 years ago, I bought an 8V 1600, an adapter kit, and a Centerforce II clutch assembly. In the meantime I had the engine built and balanced and stuck in a calmini cam. A friend and I finally started tackling the installation on Saturday, and as of noon yesterday (Monday) I'm on the road again! Because the 1600 sits a little higher than the 1300, a couple of things came up which I want to share. I know it all depends on your individual installation, but my catalytic converter now touches the heat shield under my seat. At around 60 mph, they vibrate together and the entire car seems to resonate! It's an interesting sensation, and not one I'd recommend. Luckily, it will be easy to fix. Also, I have a Weber with the adapter for the stock air cleaner (600?). Naturally, this outfit wouldn't allow the hood to close, so I bought a hot rod Edelbrock air cleaner at Kragen and temporarily got it in with nylon tie downs, a piece of cardboard, and a little duct tape. I'll be able to modify it properly without too much trouble and it is only temporary as I plan on putting the computer and fuel injection in pretty soon.
This thing is obviously not any kind of a powerhouse, but coming home over a hilly stretch of highway, and keeping in mind not to lug the new engine, I never once had to downshift from 5th gear! I'm used to keeping the gearshift almost constantly in motion, and that is with a pretty built up 1300. I think I'm going to like this engine.