I have a 97 civic ex that tossed a rod. It is vin 8 1.6 vtec engine/auto trans. I can't find one of these engines locally and need to get this thing running for my son. I'm a little confused on the whole d16y7, y8, etc. I assume my car is the d16y8 by the vin? Can I use the base 1.6 non vtec block with my head? Can i use the vin 7 vtec-e engine or block without alot of messing around? I can find the base engines and the vtec-e engines. What's the difference between the vtec and vtec-e? Any other simple options? I'm not looking for performance gains, just a good reliable car for a 16 yr old to drive. Thanks for the forums and any help!