I'm trying to figure out what I should do. Currently the factory EA71 motor I have in in pieces at my mechanics shop. If you've been following my resurrection thread you've seen the photos.
The cold hard facts:
Original EA71 motor dropped a valve and shot it through the passenger side head. I picked up a second motor. Junk yard EA71, all I know about it is that if I put a wrench on the crank it turns over. And it looks like it's been out in the elements for years.
If I have the original motor rebuilt, will that make the Brat any more desirable having a fresh motor in it rather than a junk yard motor with god knows how much miles on it?
If I was buying it, I would rather the car have a freshly built motor rather than the unknown installed. Not only does that provide piece of mind about the motor but it also leads me to believe the previous owner wanted to do it right.