I am toying with the idea of a vaux conversion for my mini. I can get a subframe and hybrid driveshafts and all mountings but my query is about the engine. I plan to use a 1.6 or 1.8 16v ecotec as fitted to astra sports etc, but will this engine run well (or at all) without all the electronics? is it possible to fit a distributor to it? what carb would be best? or is there a better engine to start with? Im asking about the ecotec as i might be able to get one pretty cheap, but if there is a better option id like to know.
Cheers for any help,
go with the 1.6 16v mate, and they run BEST without the electronics, because in the process you are ditching the haenously restrictive inlet manifold. It was put there purpously by vauxhall to stop the 1.6 shaming 2 litre models. Ive heard stories that vaux developed the first 1.6 16v head with cosworth again, and cosworth sent back the prototype with 150bhp
You will be looking at ruffly at 140-150 for that 1.6 with carbs.
SBD produce a race version of the 1.6 with 235bhp and a very very impressive tourque spread.
I was talking about this very subject with a friend yesterday. He is a Mini nut and has hand built the 'MacLaren Mini' complete with Merc Silver paint and 'WEST' written down the side in large letters. Its 1340cc and will give my GTE a run for its money. Something he toyed with was the idea of putting a 2.0 litre 16v in the front and another in the back. It would probably wheelspin at 130mph in 5/6th but he is a lunatic.
The 2 litre conversion is the one I'm told most people go for but the weight of that engine is alot and in a mini might give you problems. 0ddball's 1.6 idea sounded good.