Hello! My name is James Seabolt and I live in the valley of Eastern Tennessee where we get little snow. So why am I here?
I own a 1981 Trabant 601 with a 600cc 2 stroke, 2 cycle air cooled engine that makes 28 HP and I am wanting to transplant a simliar sized/type engine that makes more power.
Here is my car:
Trabant Photos by turbofiat | Photobucket
This engine is VERY inefficent engine. Based on an old DKW (Audi) design built up until 1991 when the car went out of production after the reunification of Germany.
I was thinking about having my spare engine beefed up at a motorcycle shop but I was told about the only thing you can do to these engines to get more power is to shave a 1mm off the heads (2mm if you dare to risk slamming the piston into the sparkplug at high RPMs) which might give me an extra 5HP. So if I am going to transplant anything I want it to be worth my while.
I considered a jetski engine since they are more common in this part of the country but don't think that would be a good engine to use since they are water cooled designed.
I know nothing about snowmobiles since nobody around here owns one except up in the mountains at ski resorts around Boone NC.
I need an engine that meets the following criteria:
1) air cooled
3) 2 cycle
3) physcially about the same size that will fit my car (2 cylinder).
3) Makes at least 50 HP
It's my understanding some of the more modern two stroke 600cc engines can produce around 70HP.
I've seen Rotax engines that look quite similiar to my Trabant's engine that might work. But have no idea what makes or models or years of snowmobiles even use this type of engine.
Can someone point me in the right direction as to what to look for? Anybody know of any snowmobile breakers that sell used COMPLETE snowmobile engines? Carbs and all?
All the used engines I've seen on Ebay are basically shortblocks.