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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject: Blown diesel engine Rebuild vs. swap Reply with quote

I have a 85 turbo diesel in my 82 Vanagon blew the cylinder head gasket. The head is warped I'am considering rebuilding the whole engine. Other options would be to get a rebuilt engine and swap them. This would not be my first swap or my first rebuild so neither scares me. I am just interested in some input on what would be the best solution. I am not that keen on the setup that is in there it seems like whoever did the td conversion originally did a pretty hokey job especially on the exhaust i would deffinetly want to fix that as well.

What does any one recommend as the best diesel engine for the 82 Vanagon? And still keeping it affordable. What if any are good exhaust solutions?

I have a 82 diesel with a 85 turbo diesel conversion.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.6 TD?
stock tranny?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes and yes
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a 1.9 AAZ with JX turbo and manifolds? That way you could use stock diesel exhaust components.

What td is in there right now?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes by the time you are replacing the head and rebuilding it is often easier to get a 'new' used engine from Quality German.

The most affordable and relatively new will be the AAZ 1.9TD. I got mine from there 3 years ago with 50K on it and frankly it was like new. you will have to get or make a custom exhaust but it is not too difficult or expensive.

I also recommed the DK (transmission out of a 80-83.5 aircooled vanagon) way better ratios, you can cruise at 60-65 mph.

Sorry that these recommendations do not fit into the 'affordable' relm, but think it more as an upgrade .....

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably not a bad option I don't personally know anything about that particular motor.

Pretty sure it is an 85 quantum turbo diesel conversion 1.6l turbo I do like the motor performance that it had but the exhaust would have to be done much better kind of rigged together and constantly having to repeatedly tighten the exhaust head bolts. I 'am sure due to nature of it not fitting correctly and vibrating the bolts loose.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turbo diesel engine number cy 235 630
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I blew the 1.6td in the Doka I ended up pulling it and installing a 1.9td. I then got the 1.6 rebuilt and its sitting in the garage incase something happens to the 1.9.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how is that 1.9 was it easy At this point i would consider selling just figured I would fix it first
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebuild.

If you have a hyd. head put a TDI cam/ regrind to tdi spec. I also used total seal rings. I also had the pump rebuilt with the viton seals.

LOTS more tork over stock.

good luck

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

head is warped beyond spec. that is the root of the the problem. the expansion tank pinholed out and i did not get it shut down in time oops. overheaded in a matter of seconds.
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