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    what can i swap my 1982 mp lafer engine with?

    Dan Rosa


     What engine is in it now?????? Dan

    edward ericson


    Jake Raby MassIVe Type IV fits best.

    Seriously, Lafers are VW Beetle based cars, just like our (VW-based) versions.

    What do you wish to achieve with a different engine?

    Paul Mossberg


    Type IV motor may not fit. You need to measure carefully. By the same token, there are adapter kits for Subaru flat fours, but again, they may not fit under your MG bodywork.

    But these cars weigh about 1900 pounds, give or take a few. You most likely do not need to go to something like Jake’s massive Type IV. He does build GREAT engines though! I know several speedster guys running Jake Raby engines.

    I’ve been running a 1641 for years. Am currently upgrading to a 1776 Type 1.

    So, to answer your question with a question, what are you looking to achieve with an engine upgrade?

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

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