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NEED HELP: VW in an Alfetta

I need an engine for my Alfetta, and I can't even find a bare block for under $500, so I intend on doing an engine swap, and so far I've found 2 candidates: a 1.8L 16V, and an 03 W8 4.0L. Has anyone ever done this before, and how on earth do I adapt a top loader trans flywheel to the transaxle flywheel? Much assistance is needed
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I'd run fast from the W8. The 16 valve, on the other hand is a great engine. I had an 89 Jetta with one of those. It was very reliable.

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You haven't looked very hard. On this site for only $599, engine and gearbox (not Alfetta gearbox though, but you could resell the gearbox): https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/alf...-599-00-a.html

You will spend way more than $500 making another engine fit ... but your call. Park or sell the Alfetta and purchase a VW is my suggestion.


BTW: Remove the transverse gearbox and you will find there is a typical engine left behind. Nothing to worry about re: "how on earth do I adapt a top loader trans flywheel to the transaxle flywheel?". The question simply is, how do I bolt the VW flywheel/crankshaft to the Alfa drive train ... which sorry to say, requires $'s, engineering and time
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All very valid points, Pete. Then, he's gotta work out the drive shaft issue.

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You haven't looked very hard. On this site for only $599, engine and gearbox (not Alfetta gearbox though, but you could resell the gearbox): https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/alf...-599-00-a.html

You will spend way more than $500 making another engine fit ... but your call. Park or sell the Alfetta and purchase a VW is my suggestion.


BTW: Remove the transverse gearbox and you will find there is a typical engine left behind. Nothing to worry about re: "how on earth do I adapt a top loader trans flywheel to the transaxle flywheel?". The question simply is, how do I bolt the VW flywheel/crankshaft to the Alfa drive train ... which sorry to say, requires $'s, engineering and time
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I've seen this engine on Ebay for weeks, it used to be over $600, and it's from a spider, so I would have to buy an oil pump, water pump, distributor, oil pan, and bellhousing for the transaxle, and maybe the flywheel for it as well
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Have you called Alfa Parts Exchange? They crush Alfettas all of the time.

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I've seen this engine on Ebay for weeks, it used to be over $600, and it's from a spider, so I would have to buy an oil pump, water pump, distributor, oil pan, and bellhousing for the transaxle, and maybe the flywheel for it as well
you can use all that parts from your old engine I would say?
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