[Vwdiesel] What engine would you want?
LBaird119 at aol.com
LBaird119 at aol.com
Tue Mar 10 23:59:42 PDT 2009
In a message dated 3/10/2009 9:42:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
davevw at yahoo.com writes:
> I would prefer it to be something out of a VW, mostly because I'm pretty
> familiar with many different VW engines, and have all sorts of manuals.
For the most part, manuals won't be of a lot of help here. Seat of
the pants territory! ;-)
> Things to consider (that I've thought of so far) would be:
Mostly that'd be a gasser, or a 1.9TD as James said or a TDI.
Gasser gives you:
Fresh bus engine and yes, do something more
common and reliable than a 2.0
Inline gasser IE Rabbit engine. Problem is it requires the diesel
engine goodies to adapt AFIK.
1.9TD would give good power, nearly the cost of a used TDI,
nothing fantastic for mpg from what I've heard. Possibly a
little more scarce of internal parts.
1.9 TDI Dependable, certainly an involved job to do right but
probably one of the more reliable choices, best mpg and diesel!
> *Ease of repair, and finding parts in South America if necessary
Rabbits were common, bugs, not sure about the diesels. We
have a south-of-the-border list member somewhere. Maybe
he could help there.
> *Ability to limp along for awhile if necessary
That's usually a gasser. The Vanagon engine probably being easier
to adapt in but not quite as reliable. Mosly due to wrong coolant,
and not changing it. Head to water jacket gasket issues.
> *Fuel availability
Either shouldn't be a problem. Diesel was real prevalent when I was
there in '76 (moreso than in most of the US). The price is generally
substantionally lower than gas, south of the border as well. Fuel
price difference alone could pay for any difference in cost of the
> *Power and Economy
Power? How about fresh Rabbit gasser with a supercharger? :-)
1.8T? MPG winner should be a TDI. Chip it and it'll win a power
battle over anything short of a really hopped up turbo gas or V-6!
> *Other considerations I haven't considered?
Ease and cost of finding necessary components, level of expertise,
willingness to pay a pro if needed, time availble to convert and
debug, budget... Extra fuel capacity, stick with air or go to water
cooling, extra batteries, armor plating? ;-)
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