Actually that's incorrect, SVO. What you are referring to is a block guard [as demonstrated in the first picture]. This essentially makes the engine a 'closed deck' design. Aftermarket sleeves appear to be fitted to the engine in the lower picture. Sleeving an engine is basically replacing the cylinder walls with stronger walls, and while doing this, you can either put in larger or smaller diameter bores. I actually had a covnersation with Earl Laskey and Dan Benson about sleeving my 1.5L down to a 1.3L or smaller. They discouraged me from doing so, as the sleeves would have to be custom. They make their sleeve blanks at a diameter larger than the diameter I would need to get below a 1.4L engine. Not to mention, custom pistons would need to be made, which would be $$$.
Haha, it reminds me of that cheezy 80's movie, 'The Wraith'
Might be easier to get a custom crank and shorter rods to reduce cubic inches...a De Stroker Motor
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Its a small world- I had a 74 Triumph Spitfire about 15 years ago. Very light and very easy to work on with the flip up front end. I never bothered to check the mileage when I had it- I only cared about power and cornering back then.
Its weight and low frontal area would make it a great FE project car.
I am puzzled by the new 600cc Honda car- is it the Fit? With such a small engine, I figured the mileage would be in the 70's or so, but it isn't- any thoughts as to why its not much higher than civics and metros?