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frobie
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:57 am    Post subject: Mercedes diesel in VW Thing Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm new to the VW Thing. Just learning.

I have a 1981 Mercedes 300SD with 5 cylinder diesel motor and transmission. I was wondering if it might be possible to put this in a VW Thing, and run it on waste vegetable oil.

Can someone provide me their experience or opinion regarding adding a different motor and transmission to a VW Thing? Is it possible? What should I look out for if possible? Suggestions and recommendations?

Thanks for your input. Best, Jeff
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:38 am    Post subject: Re: Mercedes diesel in VW Thing Reply with quote

That's a very large water cooled engine. I doubt you'd have the physical space to mount it behind the transaxle. Most successful engine swaps into a Thing have been from VW type 4, Porsche air cooled, or Subaru boxer engines.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Mercedes diesel in VW Thing Reply with quote

I once saw a Squareback with a V8. The motor occupied the space where the back seat would have been. It was driven by Paul Newman.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: Mercedes diesel in VW Thing Reply with quote

How 'bout a Subaru Boxer Diesel?
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http://jalopnik.com/383023/the-new-subaru-ee20-boxer-turbo-diesel-in-detail
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