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Date:         Mon, 8 Jan 2001 22:12:38 -0500
Reply-To:     The Southards <southard@GIS.NET>
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         The Southards <southard@GIS.NET>
Subject:      Re: "windage tray" and other I4 conversion comments
Comments: cc: "\"'MichaelSnow<mwsnow@HOME.COM>'\" <MichaelSnow"

I also found Frank's discussion very informative. Thanks for taking the time to give us all the mini-seminar.

Mike, what is it about the 5 speed transmission that pre-cludes the use of the 1982 style dipstick system? I don't follow this. Also, what is the advantage to the steel oil filler tube versus the plastic one on my '82? Is it steel or aluminum (as is the oil pan and the L-shaped flange that mates the filler tube to the pan)? Bentley doesn't seem to mention anything different about the 83 5 speed set-up.

Maynard OvO '79 '82 Westy Diesel "Reinhardt" '93 EV GL "Klinger" '00 Golf GLS TDI "WooHoo" '84 Jetta GL TD

On Monday, January 08, 2001 11:26 AM, Michael Snow <mwsnow@HOME.COM> wrote: > Thanks for all the excellent info Frank. I believe that the post about > diesel dipsticks that you refer to was mine. The dipstick that I advocate > using is the one that comes installed by the factory on 1983 USA model > Vanagons and is available through the USA VW dealer network. No > modifications are required. 1983 diesel Vanagons for the USA market all > have 5 speed transmissions, precluding the use of the 1982 style dipstick > system with the plastic filler tube. Again, I have personally seen at least > 2 different diameters of dipstick holes in the block, and currently have a > block with no hole at all. If the engine block is compatible, this is a > much more accurate system of measuring oil level. > > Mike Snow > > > <snip> > One listee commented about complete removal and replacement with the oil > dipstick tube used on the later diesels and turbo-diesels delivered other > than in the USA. This will work if carefully done. In my correspondence with > a German colleague, I was told that the bore in the block was different. So > I > did not investigate further. I saw one conversion where the owner cobbled up > the dipstick system from the later waterboxers and crafted a Swagelock > transfer between the WB parts and the I-4 dipstick tube. Bad. Had to > calibrate actual oil level to get proper stick length. Dipstick often caught > during insertion. ... > <snip> > > > Frank Grunthaner

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