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IDI Engine / Whats this AN stamped on my head?
« on: February 09, 2017, 03:10:09 am »
Engine code is a 1V.  I just did all the major maintenance an inspection on it, and found this AN stamped on the head. 

Ever seen that before?  Is it a common re-builder or wrecking yard mark?  I didn't see a heat tag.  There could be one in back somewhere.  A VW thing I dont know about?

I've built MK1 16V, MK2 VR6, Festiva B6T, and had many Mazda Miatas.  Some at the same time.  I'm thinking of one final build.  I'm in my mid 30s and just graduated and about to start my first "real" job.  I swore when I built my MP62 Megasquirt Miata that I was done messing with cars and that if I wanted a quick, cheap car I'd just go buy a Corolla XRS, GTI, Honda Swap, Fit, Focus, Fiesta..etc drive in comfort with AC and be done. 

Well, I'm thinking of doing another build vs buying one of those above.  I have a clean MK1 Diesel 1.6NA.  I'm thinking of building this Rabbit to be a nice daily. I'm really attracted to a quick, fun, powerful car that gets 40mpg, 45mpg, maybe even 50mpg! 0-60 in ~6-7sec, handles.

This is where a little stupid comes in.  I'd build a motor, slap in in there and still be driving a 30 year old rabbit.  I'd probably gradually re-insulate the car, redo the dash and door panels and headliner, suspension, maybe even paint it.  Daily Driver Refresh.  Whereas I could buy an XRS and be driving a "better" car with lower MPG.  Fuel cost is such a small part of the cost of a car, the extra MPG of the diesel would be eaten away by monthly restore/refresh costs and then some.  However, I wouldn't have a 3K initial outlay to deal with.  Any signs of these cars appreciating in value in the next couple years?  Should I throw 4K, 5K, 6K at a rabbit?  These projects always get bigger then I plan :)

For this build it comes down to built a 1.6TD, 1.6TD with 1.9 head, or mTDI.  You guys have some nice builds on here.
  • Is the mTDI more smooth than the 1.6 or 1.9 IDI?  Could be important for a daily.  I've never had a diesel before.
  • Obviously the TDI head is better than the 1.6 or 1.9.
  • Is it a good idea to bolt a 1.9 head on a 1.6 block WITHOUT the oil return?  Could tig weld it up, or throw a bolt in there.  I'd also need a different valve cover I read.
  • I dont see the reason to buy an $$$ 1.9 if the mTDI is better.  Agree?
  • I'd like to have a reliable 100hp, maybe 130hp.  What would you recommend?  Buddy has lots of 1.6TD parts lying around.

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