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Ya what the heck happened to the stock vw engine prices, Gome thru thru the ROOF! I have been thinking about putting something else in my rail when I get it done. I really wanted to stay air cooled. But I gess theres gold under that there alumnuim for the VW engine parts. Looking a At mid 90s 2.5 jeep engine.

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For stock rebuilt stuff, I imagine cores are getting a little harder to find and machining costs have gone up.

The Jeep engine is nice and full of torque, but HEAVY. I am staying air cooled!


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Ya I perfer air cooled as well, Just have to put up with the inflated parts costs, or wait until the rescession wears on them some more.
Ive heard of suberu engines working out nicely. They are apposed 4 cyc water cooled, but I don't want all the raidatior and cooling hoses complexity

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Check out page 5 of this thread Athlon. My old man runs a subaru in his rail. It is definitely worth getting the set up right and doing a subaru in my opinion. My Uncle had a 2.3 Ford in his until my dad got the subaru. Haha! Once he saw the power those things can put out and how small and lightweight they are, he started building a new car and tailored it to a subaru. He finished last year and that thing will move! His top run down the sand drags at Buttercup he was hitting 76mph and not running that hard on it since it was the firts trip out on that motor. The subarus are a lot of fun if you are going to go water cooled.


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WOW that Suberu looks KICKEN!!!! Thanks for the info! I might go for one of those, is it carburatiored or fuel injected. I Like carbs. Wonder what kind of fuel mileage you would get? And looks alot cheaper then a new gold plated vw engine, I still can't beleve $500- $700 or more for a new case, and $150-$400 or more for heads. You know Alumnium prices have gone way down now. Man I can get a brand new target chevy 350 for $1500. This is my first rail. and I am shocked at the engine prices $2400 to $3200 for a stock 1600cc Well Im going to build along untill i need a engine. Becouse i don't have one. And make a descision then i gess. Well Fuel Is down right now but won't be for long, and the rail im building is going to be street leagle and dirt run. Hopeing to get great gas mileage with it useing a stock duel port 1600 if I can afford one. Im in florida and parts are hard to find here. So I will probley have to build one out of new parts.

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It is fuel injected. I couldn't tell you what kind of mileage they get though as he doesn't run it on the road and never really pays that much attention to that kind of stuff in the sand ya know? An yeah, engine prices are crazy right now. I was lucky enough when I seized my 1835dp to find a 1600sp for 200 complete. Switched out the gen. on that one for the alt. on my other motor and a few other things and was ready to go for next to nothing compared to every other price I have seen lately.

Don't know where you are in Florida, but I just jumped on CL real quick to look at stuff in Florida and found a few things for ya. Haha!

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Hey thanks much, im in central fl most of that stuff is in miami area. 400 miles south of me. what is cl?

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CL= Craigslist. Sorry.


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Thanks AZBaja for answering my questions. What fun would a Baja be on street only? Those rotory's don't like regular bosch plugs either, they eat them. I had a 80 Rx7 that had them in it when I bought it and when I pulled the engine to swap it I pulled them out or at least what was left of them.

I'd still like to try it someday, especially if I run across a counterweight and/or adapter dirt cheap and won't have much money but a lot of time invested otherwise.

I guess I could always get a street bug, but alas I have too many vehicles already and cannot afford insurance on everything, let alone upkeep.

Air cooled will be the way to go for now. I also have a 61 corvair lakewood hiding in the Garage for future fun. Maybe a V8 swap (350 Chevy), but I would rather keep the cargo area intact. Also with the availabilty of the newer/better machined parts it might be better to stay air cooled.


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