[Vwdiesel] turbo conversion big improvement

Doyt W. Echelberger doyt at buckeye-express.com
Mon Aug 4 10:51:12 PDT 2014

Earlier this summer I added a used vw turbo to my 89 Jetta n.a. 
diesel without changing the injector pump, and the improvement is 
beyond my expectations.  Acceleration in low gears is better....... 
runs easy at 35, and even wants to speed-creep at highway 
speed.  Sounds less labored in all gears. Haven't made any mpg 
observations. So glad our list leader suggested trying it.
Spent last few nice days (72 degrees & dry) addressing minor rust on 
rear fender lip behind wheel, driver side. Used small Dremel grinder 
to clean the paint bubbles to bare metal...... washed with zinc 
phosphate...... applied Por-15 Filler and Seam Sealer (Por Patch) and 
let it cure over-night. Sanded , used  glazing putty, sanded, sprayed 
primer-filler, fine sanded, repeated, color coated with spray can of 
specially mixed and loaded paint matching my color code. Looks good 
enough. Might wax the car this year for the first time in 10 years. 
The car has 4 ice-gripping tires and my new Toyota Camry Hybrid 
arrived equipped with high-pressure/low-rolling friction tires that 
are NOT ice-grippers, so I intend to use the Jetta this winter 
whenever the roads are in any way questionable.  The new car is 
turning in mpg figures between 42 and 56 mpg......and it only cost 
about ten times more than the Jetta, which I got used. Last year I 
sorted out the Jetta cold-weather starting issues, and with the new 
battery, 5-W40 Rotella synthetic, and a freeze-plug electric heater 
I'm good to go.
In Ohio
89 Jetta (now TD) at 106k miles

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