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@jncspyder At $10k for air cooled, Subaru was my first thought too.  You can go with a used US or JDM engine that has 30k or so miles and just add the conversion pieces.  A Subaru engine especially complements a Coupe where you need AC/heat and perhaps less engine noise.   

Wonder what the 1700 cc engine is in the Coupe now?  Is it a 1600 cc with 88 pistons/cylinders (1679 cc)  or perhaps a stock T4 1.7L (same 1679 cc)?  The T4 can fairly easily be build up.  New P&C can boost to 2.4L  plus the bottom end is strong.

If you're not all that mechanically inclined, have no aircooled VW experience, don't have much in tools and the idea of learning/puttering around in the garage on a semi regular basis with valve adjustments, oil changes, removing and cleaning carburetor idle jets, maybe even learning how to remove the engine and replace the clutch before roaring around in your cool retro coupe really doesn't interest you then take @jncspyder's advice and look at converting the car you're looking at to Subaru power.  Type 1 (Beetle) aircooled engines (even heavily modified) are a little lot like old motorcycles- you always seem to be tinkering with something to keep it running properly, and if that really isn't your thing then the Subie will be the better option.

If, despite of all we've written, you're still game, maybe keep the engine that's in the car now, drive it for a while and learn how to take care of it and then maybe decide on something bigger?  Of course, if you know what you're doing and this doesn't apply to you then- never mind...

Btw- If I haven't said it yet- Welcome to the Madness!

And I 2nd what Carey said- a turnkey 2 liter + engine, done right is not cheap, and and be wary of anyone who tries to convince you otherwise.  Someone else to ask in the LA area- Gary Berg- 808 640 679nine

Hope this helps.  Al

guys: great feed back and advise, thanks. I had a 1969 VW, you jogged my memory on the maintenance.  Suby with EFI, ECM, no valve lash adjustment is more to my liking.  Looking at 2 coupes, one with VW aircooled and one with a Suby.  I have a better understanding of the price differential between them. Thinking that the Suby coupe is the better way to go, would prefer a more reliable daily driver type of car.

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