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Good evening,

I drive mid-80s Toyota Tercels and am finally hoping to find a way to get a 1.6L TDI engine shoe-horned into one for a repower. Looking for 100 hp and 100 ft-lbs approximately.

My question: I believe I can find a “frozen” 81’ 1.6L block local, are the engine mounts, trans bolt pattern and general dimensions the same as the later TDI engines? TIA.

I will also be considering the slanted engine set up with the shallow oil pan. I see some on ebay, but would there be any available here? Again, thank you.

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Look for an alh instead. You’re on your own for an adapter, but you can look up info in the Toyota truck forums since those guys frequently swap them in. My coworker did a 1.6 and said he wouldn’t waste his time with those, the alh is a way better starting point.
Thanks DCM1,

There is a real chance I won’t be able to make a diesel fit in this application. At this point I’m just looking for something to “mock” up. Would the 1.6 share mounts, bolt pattern, dimensions with the ALH? The ALH will be 1.9 and a little taller, correct?

Stock engine in the Tercel is 63 hp and less torque. Love the car, just want a little more low end torque and power. Too much and there are likely to be drivetrain issues.


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I’m currently running a 4a out of an 85’ Chevrolet Nova. The only easy swap on these cars, but not much for gains. Others have gone to the effort to install a 4age, but again, that’s more high rpm power, not low end torque (and likely a similar amount of work). Only easier, as it’s been done a few times.

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I doubt if there is anyone on earth that can answer your questions. It's such an odd request. I think the only way to know if it will work is to do it yourself. If you do not have the skills and tools to make such parts you will need, I would find something that has Toyota on it. There has got to be at least one engine that would be a fairly easy bolt up. Heck, put a turbo on the stock engine. That would give you what you are looking for.

Soooo, nobody on earth can tell me if the early 80s 1.6 has the same dimensions and bolt pattern as the newer 1.6 tdi? I didn’t realize it was that hard of a question?

I’m wanting to off-road and need power at low speeds. Turbo on a gas engine isn’t much bonus for low-end torque.

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I think the bolt pattern is all the same on the diesels, at least that’s what I’ve heard. Saying a turbo won’t work isn’t really an accurate statement, since you can match the turbo to the desired rpm range. Talk to a turbo specialist shop and they can even setup up with a turbo that comes into boost at whatever rpm you specify.
Thank you DCM1.
 
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