there was few cars here runnign 16VT (or 8VT engine on Atmo gearbox...) the atmo gerabox is the same as was used in Punto GT instead of bellhousing, and GT has sometimes more power and Nm than 2ltr NA... so it can survive..
the cars were pretty quick because of shorter, NA, final drive... (my friend had Tipo 16V with modified 8VT engine from dedra -after death of stock 16V and instead of swapped engine, rest was stock.. -brakes, gearbox, steering..)
as the 16VT has same brakes and only difference is front suspension (shock absorber, spring..) you can use stock 16V.. but improvement to "better" material would be vital..
11 lot of things to do
17 back on the road
and much stronger