[Vwdiesel] New engine for Vanagon

Scott Sullivan gersil0 at lycos.com
Mon Apr 8 10:29:57 EDT 2002

Hi Jon,

I replaced my motor with a stock one from GEX.  I have 30K miles on it with no problems.  They were not the easiest people to work with but I have not problems with the motor.  They have a web page gex.com.

You might want to do a search on the vanagon.com site to see others comments about gex.

As to your question about a motor upgrade, I thought about that also.  I drove a 1.9l TD motor in a Westy.  The acceleration was fantastic.  The negatives are that the standard trany was also in the van so the top speed was the same.  If you upgrade the motor than I would also install an air cooled Vanagon trany.  Also the mileage will suffer, though I did not get an answer when I asked what the mileage was.  If I was to do it again I think that I would pay the extra and upgrade to a NA 1.9l, and install the AC trany.


On Sun, 7 Apr 2002 19:28:31
 jon wrote:
>Hi All..
>Thinking I had simply just blown a headgasket, I proceded to remove the
>heads on my 1.6NA. When the step came to lock the cam and injection pump,
>I knew there were problems: the injection pump was about two teeth off of
>So, when I popped off the head (I make it sound so simple: it's not), two
>broken valve heads also popped out. The #1 piston was mangled, etc.
>It appears either:
>1) When I had the VW place replace the timing belt, the put it on 2 teeth
>off, and the valves slapped until they broke, and finally poked through.
>2) The belt slipped two teeth.
>In any even, I've decided it's time for a new engine, since the existing
>one now has broken valves and a tweaked piston. Also, it's lowish on
>Ahile ago I was musing about installing a mechanical TDI, but that seems
>to be too much $$$. So, what is the best suggestion? Just slap in another
>good 1.6NA, or what?
>Also, what are sources for *good* engines?
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