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Re: Engine Swap
> I just have to decide if the value I place in the car is in owning a piece
of history or not. Personally that
> mental battle is just starting. Were I looking at my car with a dead
motor, the decision would be MUCH harder.
Keep in mind that Bob's '84 Ur-Q is even more rare than our '85s even if it
may not be quite as desirable among Ur-Q fans. Although his car appeared to
be in pretty good condition when I saw/drove it, one of the previous owners
had a fairly fancy stereo system installed and metal had been cut in both the
doors as well as the rear deck ... as such, I'd think restoring it back to
factory stock condition would be both costly and time-consuming. Because of
this, I would not hesitate to tinker with it if it were my car and Bob
obviously feels the same way...
That said, the decision is more difficult for me because my '85 is
absolutely, completely stock except for the wheels and Konis I've installed,
both of which can easily be reversed. Part of me wants to build a "killer
car" -- it's not a very strong performer in stock form -- and part of me
wants to keep it factory stock. For now, though, I've decided to have the
stock head rebuilt and put the 2.5L motor I've been building into the 200q
since it needs one at the moment and I can sort out the various operational
details there just as well as in the Ur-Q.
Down the road, however, I'm seriously considering an engine swap for the 200q
and when I do, I think the 2.5L will find a new home in my Ur-Q, collector's
value be damned...