Engine number what year sfdr124216

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Engine number what year sfdr124216

Post by Nigel1949 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:22 pm

What yr and size is this engine
SFDR124216
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Re: Engine number what year sfdr124216

Post by fig » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:11 pm

SF = built in SA
D = 1200
R = replacement case

It could be anything now. You'll have to remove a head and measure bore and stroke to know what's inside. 1200 cases can be built to 1600 spec.

1200 engines weren't originally built in SA (they were built in Germany for SA-assembled cars), so the SF and the R tell you the engine was rebuilt with a new case by VWSA, who would only have built it to stock 1200 spec. It's anyone's guess when it was rebuilt and what's been done to the engine since.

Does the engine have 1200 inlet manifold, carb, distributor, etc?
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Re: Engine number what year sfdr124216

Post by John Alves » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:28 am

does a B (instead of D) mean 1500?
No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

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Re: Engine number what year sfdr124216

Post by fig » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:42 pm

B is 1600 single port. H is 1500.
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