@storm, romano, where do i get a 1500cc or 1600cc engine? availability in Karachi is for Rs. 15,000/- to 20,000/- on as is where is basis.(adding few bucks one could get a whole car and salvage the enigne) Whats the engine rebuild cost on original specs?[/QUOTE]
Well...I'll be damned if I weren't the first one to jump the queue to get my hands on a 1500 Beetle for a few thousand; I've been trying for the last umpteen years to find a genuine 66-67 1500 Beetle without any luck.
If you come across one (and aren't minded to tell me :-#) buy it and restore it whole. Don't even think about cutting it up!
I would imagine that the vast majority of Beetles currently being butchered are either late 1200 standard models and 1300s. Quite rare for a 1500 or 1302S/1303S (1600) to be cut up north in my books.
Also...might want to try finding an "AR" series 1300 engine (twin port). Had one in my 66 sunroof, best of the 1300 series.