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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Full write-up on converting Vanagon from auto to manual Reply with quote

My guess is towards the end of the vanagon era, they may have been using up whatever was laying in inventory.

Now what I did not take into account, is my carpet has a square notch in it where the autostick cover attached. Will need to deal with that at some point.

Thanks for documenting this. It's a good reference.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

funny that this thread got resurrected just a few days ago,
so I figure I'll post it here.

Im at the point of wiring for the backup lights. which wire is it?
the post below asked the question, but was never answered.

Im assuming the the single wire with the connection, but in the descriptions everyone is saying to run the "wires" to the rear... so now Im not sure.

thanks all.



Westendwulf wrote:
Hello all,

For those that have done the auto to manual conversion ..... could you look at this photo and give me a heads up on which wires to mod/extend to the manual trans reverse light switch .......

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B/W and Brown run through a couple lights that illuminated the auto shifter console

Blue/W (molex con.) ??????

Please forgive me before you respond ........ I'm a wiring GENIUS Embarassed [/img]

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: Full write-up on converting Vanagon from auto to manual Reply with quote

Hello, the black wire with the blue tracer is the power lead to the backup lights. If you add power to that connection, the backup lights should light.

So at a minimum, you'd need to run power to the backup light switch on the transmission on one connector and extend the blue black wire to the other pin on the backup light switch.

I can't say specifically for your van, but you should be able to find a connector for the backup lights in the wire box l/f of engine compartment and key on power, so no need to run wires from the front of the van if that makes sense.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:27 am    Post subject: Re: Full write-up on converting Vanagon from auto to manual Reply with quote

MarkWard wrote:

I can't say specifically for your van, but you should be able to find a connector for the backup lights in the wire box l/f of engine compartment and key on power, so no need to run wires from the front of the van if that makes sense.



thanks for this mark. didn't even think of that.
sure enough. black/blue wire runs back to the "black box" at engine.
it's a lone yellow connector which splits off to two wires (also black/blue)
to the reverse lights. so I can now keep it all wired up back there.
clean.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:35 am    Post subject: Re: Full write-up on converting Vanagon from auto to manual Reply with quote

Glad to help. Felt bad about muddying up this thread. In my project I need to relocate wiring for backup lights, fuel pump, fuel sender, and to bypass neutral safety switch.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:25 am    Post subject: Yet again, this thread is revived. Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm thinking about purchasing a 1990 Vanagon that currently has a 2.2L Subaru that was swapped some time ago. It has an automatic transmission, but the transmission has some fault that prevents it from driving.

Long story short, what all would I need to complete a manual swap? I have Porsche 914 5 speed, and I could come up with your average run-of-the-mill 4 speed.

Is there anything else needed that would be different, as apposed to the factory 1.9L?

Would any of the wiring be different for this application?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: Yet again, this thread is revived. Reply with quote

MaryvilleAirCooled wrote:
Hi all,

I'm thinking about purchasing a 1990 Vanagon that currently has a 2.2L Subaru that was swapped some time ago. It has an automatic transmission, but the transmission has some fault that prevents it from driving.

Long story short, what all would I need to complete a manual swap? I have Porsche 914 5 speed, and I could come up with your average run-of-the-mill 4 speed.

Is there anything else needed that would be different, as apposed to the factory 1.9L?

Would any of the wiring be different for this application?

Thanks.


The auto trans is generally very good especially with a subaru. Is there any reason you would not just install a rebuilt auto vs swapping to manual?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Yet again, this thread is revived. Reply with quote

the 914 5speed will only fit in a vanagon when you put it in the sliding door.

think about it, where is the engine orientated to the transaxle?



MaryvilleAirCooled wrote:
Hi all,

I'm thinking about purchasing a 1990 Vanagon that currently has a 2.2L Subaru that was swapped some time ago. It has an automatic transmission, but the transmission has some fault that prevents it from driving.

Long story short, what all would I need to complete a manual swap? I have Porsche 914 5 speed, and I could come up with your average run-of-the-mill 4 speed.

Is there anything else needed that would be different, as apposed to the factory 1.9L?

Would any of the wiring be different for this application?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Full write-up on converting Vanagon from auto to manual Reply with quote

I think you can flip the R&P around on those for rear engine configurations. I'd also want a real engine to go along with a Porsche trans...or any trans.
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