[Vwdiesel] Diesel engine in Karmin Ghia VW

jeremy jwchou at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 4 03:19:53 EDT 2006

I remember seeing Chrysler minivans in Europe with diesel engines when I was
there few years ago. I don't know who makes the engine for European van but it
sounds like that will be the idea engine for your Hudson project. 

--- William J Toensing <toensing at theunion.net> wrote:

> Engine swaps are way above my area of expertise. However last year at the
> Hudson national meet I saw a very interesting engine swap. Someone grafted a
> front wheel drive unit from a V-6 Dodge/Chrysler minivan. on to the chassis
> of a 1947 Hudson. He then mounted the minivan rear axel which is a streight
> axel where the rear axel was. Looked like it was simpiler than matching an
> engine to an old drive train, engineering new linkages, brackets, etc for
> power disk brakes, air conditioning steering, etc.  I don't know if this
> would be practical to mount a Karmin Ghia body on to a Rabbit chassis. You
> would have to do lots of measuring. 
> One of the reasons I wanted to get in this group is I have noticed a number
> of you live in Europe. I am sure cars get wrecked & totaled there as they do
> in the USA. My daily driver is a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. In Europe you can get a
> diesel option for the Focus but you can't in our "So called free country",
> the USA. I wonder what one could buy a good used Focus diesel engine plus the
> necessary brackets & components in Europe for a conversion of a USA Focus to
> a diesel engine. My Focus gets 26 to 28 MPG on gas whereas the European
> diesel Focus can get 50 MPG.  I have one 1947 Hudson with out an engine &
> doing a similar engine swap looks interesting to me but if I was to do an
> engine swap I would like to install a front wheel diesel engine setup in my
> '47 Hudson similar to the one I saw at the Hudson national meet last summer.
> I live in Nevada City, CA about 60 miles NE of Sacramento.
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