Mine were in beetles. One I had a chip from over seas, strait pipe, it got 50mpg all the time. Problem I had was the timing belt picked up a rock on a gravel road, they are a conflicting engine, so I bought a $1800 head. Luckily I had the dealer do it because 3000 miles later it locked up on a long drive because the dealer didn't torque a line right. Their ins gave me $6000 for the car as that was what a new engine would cost. I bought another and loved it but now have too many kids for a beetle. If it can hook to an ax, and find a way to protect that timing belt, and you could find one under $3000. Then I would lean toward that. Could find a totaled beetle cheap then you would have everything besides the trans.
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