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Date:         Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:44:15 -0800
Reply-To:     Shawn Wright <shawngwright@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Shawn Wright <shawngwright@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Fri: opinion on the proper conversion for Vanagon
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I agree, but I've driven almost exclusively VW/Audi since the early 80s. Our '88 Westy has a 1.6TD from our first '85 Jetta (with a cheapo rebuild done by me - rings & bearings, now ~600k on it, with original injection pump), and a 5 speed and engine carriers from a donor '83 diesel Vanagon. We had a stock '82 diesel Westy which drove remarkably like the '81 Rabbit diesel that I learned to drive on... when it was towing a boat! :) I have contemplated going back to gas in the '88 with an inline 4, as they are cheap and plentiful, but having just bought an Espar D2, I will have to stick with diesel for a bit longer.

On Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 3:46 PM, Christopher Schimke <> wrote:

> I suppose if a Vanagon owner is not a lifelong VW sort, they may not > notice the difference, but having a VW engine in a Vanagon feels > (literally) different than a Subaru or any other engine in. Engines have > personalities and there is a certain "DNA" in many VW engines that makes > them all feel like part of the same family. Being part of the family makes > them feel "right" in a VW, regardless if it’s a Vanagon, Golf, whatever. I > was having a discussion about this with a guy at Bonneville Speed Week who > ran a hot rod with a turbo VW ABA engine, along with other various engines, > depending on which class record he is chasing. He said the same thing: the > car takes on different personalities/feel depending on which engine he is > running. And he made it clear that it wasn't just differences in torque and > power. These were intangible things that made each engine feel unique in > ways that were difficult to impossible to describe. > > Thank you! > Christopher > T3 Technique > > -----Original Message----- > From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf > Of ddbjorkman@VERIZON.NET > Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:26 PM > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM > Subject: Re: Fri: opinion on the proper conversion for Vanagon > > I agree. I really like a Volkswagen in a Volkswagen. I have the Gen V > inline Golf engine in my 87 Westy. The engineering and mods to the ECU > were made by FAS in Maine. It's nice having OBDII. I have done a couple > of cross country trips, along with a few East Coast down and up trips. > It's a daily (almost) driver/hauler and used whenever we go away (hotel > stays too). There is always something in there we need. From multi-day > camping/hiking to being my ski vehicle, it's very versatile and with a hot > little engine. 80 is no problem so long as the hill is not too long or > there is no room to get going. There is a nice wide powerful RPM range in > all 4 gears. I have the long use engine as opposed to the hot rod > engine. Would a 2.5L subie be better? Sometimes climbing some high hill > (and you folks have sent us up or down some doozies) on the highway at high > altitude I find myself wishing for some more HP, then I remind myself I got > a new factory engine, not an older technology and otherwise rebuilt subie > engine and I deal with it. I have been using it for about 5 years now, and > have had no real engine related issues other than those caused by Old RT. > 66 or where I have driven it. The guys at FAS keep telling me I don't have > a Syncro. Bottom line, it's a reliable engine system and all the parts are > available easily. I like it. > > Dave B, > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Don Hanson <dhanson928@GMAIL.COM> > To: vanagon <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> > Sent: Fri, Jan 12, 2018 1:21 pm > Subject: Fri: opinion on the proper conversion for Vanagon > > I have an 84 tintop with most of the Westie interior and a 5 sp manual > transmission, powered by an inline VW motor that's installed on the factory > inline deisel engine mounts. I happened onto this rig on a whim... there's > not much "buzz" about this kinda Vanagon... though they are around and have > been done for years. > I'm no expert, and I can't quote exact figures, VW numbers, current > costs, etc. but here's my take on this type of Vanagon. > I think, for those who're using the Vanagon a lot, it's a great set up. > It is very simple and easily maintained, performs like a normal vehicle and > has very good gas mileage. The increase in power from a stock WBX motor > is not so much as to break things, and these inline VW motors are quite > robust. > I like the way the inline conversion makes the Vanagon still a Vanagon.. > Many other types of conversions seem to make these vans into something > else... > I like to be able to get parts in small towns, if needed. I like to be > able to fix it without a degree in computer science and a flatbed ride to > some dealership... > It's a VW van... I've got now an ABA Jetta inline that my wife leaves > over tbe summer in the desert. Her work car. That one is super, too. > Great little simple cheap motors...very appropriate for a Vanagon, >

-- Shawn Wright

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