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VWhead Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:58 pm

Just completed a 1.8T engine conversion into a 85' Vanagon and it's all California legal ! :D :vw: :D
The motor was removed from a 02' VW GTI.
Here's some pics...








purplepeopleeater Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:03 pm

wow, nice.

doesnt even look like you modified the oil pan and clearance looks awesome.

D Clymer Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:06 pm

Nice! Under the engine cover too! How much did you have to lower the transmission from stock?

I like the exhaust layout. Everything is in stock position - except much larger.

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insyncro Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:26 pm

Very clean install :!:
=D> =D> =D>

andy syncro-nutz Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:49 pm

insyncro wrote: Very clean install :!:
=D> =D> =D>

X2 Real nice,

What is the ground clearance for the sump?

Zeitgeist 13 Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:11 pm

Sweetness! That's one of the cleanest and stealthiest raised engine lids I've seen. That engine totally belongs in there.

hans j Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:36 pm

Looks great! Did you make those engine brackets/cradle bars?

VWhead Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:35 pm

Thanks everyone for your positive comments!
It's just too much fun building 1.8T breadbox's! :lol:

The oil pan is stock from the GTI donor vehicle and doesn't need any modification.

I wanted the engine lid spacer to be very simple,yet functional. The engine lid spacer is 1-1/4" tall and the trans is spaced down 1-1/2".

The exhaust system is all Tig welded with 304 stainless mandrel bent tubing and uses the donor cat. It sounds great!

Ground clearance on this 2wd is approximately 8" and that's with stock suspension and 27" tires. More clearance could be had with taller springs if needed.

I'm using our newly redesigned engine carrier system,it's similar to what VW did with the Diesel Vanagon engines,but it mounts upright at 15 degrees.

andy syncro-nutz Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:43 pm

And great 200th post on here too! Well done :)

insyncro Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:41 pm

Are pricing and options listed anywhere?

This conversion is really growing on me and I am nowhere near Cali. :D

hans j Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:55 pm

There is a 06A factory steel pan available too! I don't remember the part number but I think it is usually on 2.0. That's what I am going to do on my TDI conversion so it can take abuse if I am unlucky enough!

dredward Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:19 pm

VWhead wrote: Just completed a 1.8T engine conversion into a 85' Vanagon and it's all California legal ! :D :vw: :D
The motor was removed from a 02' VW GTI.
Here's some pics...








YAY!!!!! Is this yer van Paul?

Crankey Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:26 pm

that looks very nice in there. great work.
I too am leaning more this way.
is there any reason it couldn't be mounted 'upright' without any tilt from it's original orientation in a doka, ?
I have 9 5/8" from the top of my WBX alternator to the bottom of the engine hatch.
I'm nearly 100% street driven so I don't need higher than stock ground clearance. someday I may get shorter springs, but I'm on carat springs now.

thanks for sharing your pics ! drool worthy !

purplepeopleeater Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:12 pm

Yeah, my Doka would like that in the back of it.

as insyncro said, price?

andy syncro-nutz Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:20 pm

purplepeopleeater wrote: Yeah, my Doka would like that in the back of it.

as insyncro said, price?

You kinda gotta look out for the PWR Steering pump when you put these engines uprite Russel @ syncro-nutz did a TDI uprite and i remember the pump was the lowest thing and needed to modifi the diesel syncro bash plate,

Ryan Alfonso Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:36 pm

Want. Want. Want

Crankey Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:13 pm

power steering ?!? I don got no stinkin power steering ! :lol:

purplepeopleeater Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:17 pm

Crankey wrote: power steering ?!? I don got no stinkin power steering ! :lol:

me either, not power steering rack anyways.

Vanagon Nut Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:30 pm

Great stuff!

Looks like the cat is supported off d-side of block. I have been using something similar.

Is the muffler supported from body? I imagine the turbo must quell some exhaust noise.

Interesting to have a look at another 15 install. I'm currently in the middle of carrier and exhaust redesign and am still making decisions. Very helpful to see your pics.

Thanks!

Neil.

Tristar Eric Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:55 pm

Excellence! I really like your lid spacer. I might have to borrow your idea there. Super clean, congrats on the BAR sticker.



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