anybody ever try to put a mercedes turbo dsl into a vw vanagon? those vw dsl engines always seemed underpowered in the buses, like driving a brick into the wind. any info, or ideas people may have would be appreciated... thanks!
1987 Isuzu spacecab with 83 diesel engine,
the conversion: HOMEMADE -18 gallon plastic marine tank with coiled alluminum heat exchanger, alluminum hose in hose fuel line (with return), coolant wrapped Goldenrod H20 block filter, 16 plate fphe, fatty wagon injector line heaters.
I'm not sure what engine the vanagon used. The Mercedes 5 cylinder(617) is a heavy engine and although cheap to buy, the conversion would be very challenging. Only recently has the 617 been proven to work without the autotrans that it originally came with. The original torque converter helped absorb inherent crank vibration. Sometimes the flexplate was balanced with the engine, sometimes not. I believe the name was 4x4 labs that now makes a conversion using the 240D flywheel. The 617 has an adaptor plate already that helps when adapting to a different tranny. Good luck. Phil
I believe the Eurovan had a 5 cylinder diesel VW engine.
Over time VW has essentially doubled the HP output of the original 1.6L engines.... I assume you'd get much better performance with the 1.9L Turbo engines, or perhaps even the 2.0L Turbos.
here is a co. that does them:
1-tank Elsbett VW TDI , 220,000 WVO miles.
and a '92 F-250 with only a FPHE
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