Grand dry day today (Most of it anyway), so made a burst getting ready for my IFS Swop. Been reading a few threads on this so decided that I would make up a jig on both sides to hold the top in the correct camber and castor position in relation to the subframe. I also ran some box iron between the strut tops as a 'belt n braces' jobs.
Chopped the Transmission tunnel as I'll be using the Mk5 Rubber mat.
Post by FredTransit on Jun 28, 2015 10:50:04 GMT 1
The trans tunnel is a good move, not only cos you are using the mat, but yo the don't have a second hole to cover. I would be tempted to do the whole floor pan, but not sure how the old and new line up
Thought that myself but then just opted for the trans tunnel in the end...
Having read through a few threads, I see some people use the existing holes in the front spring hanger to mount/locate the subframe. I see that can have the front wheels slightly forward in the arch, but then that keeps the steering knuckle angle more like it was in the Mk5. I was thinking of centralising the wheel (Re-drilling the front spring hanger) and then if necessary spacing the rack away from the subframe as I'm sure I read in a thread that the steering knuckle is at its maximum otherwise and can lead to a slightly notchy steering feel...
Myself and a buddy are taking a week off work shortly and hoping to wipe out the IFS & Turbo DI swop, so just trying to have as much homework/prep done as possible.
Today was all about collecting parts and starting to get them ready prior to fitment. The plan so far is to take 4 days off work with my buddy and hope to emerge on the other side with a rolling Mk2 with Mk5 running gear....
The axle in front is a spare Mk2 Axle and the axle behind is my new axle off the Mk5. Approx 4" wider from the outside of tyre so this should fill the enormous wheel arches that I have...Must move spring saddles first....
Took off the Epic Pump and clutch. Must pick up a few belts, water pump and clutch before I fit the Bosch 145 Pump
Swopped over to a manual pump today, Bosch 145. Changed over inlet manifold and rocker cover from a posy 97 engine as I want to run a standard intercooler / pipes from a Mk5 Transit.
Bit of a hybrid job on the fuel filter as well but all good.... New Water Pump and belt as well... Dumped the EGR as well...
This is my first time doing a Diesel Conversion so must get my head around advancing the pump ect...Been reading about using a dial test indicator and setting the pump to .68mm plunger lift at tdc in the crankshaft....
Started cleaning up the IFS as well
Ran out of time in making a little jig for fitting the Mk5 Axle. Need to move the spring saddles closer to the pigs head by 50mm. I'm no fabricator, but this simple little jig should work fine for me...
Decided to take the last few days off and along with my buddy, we made a mad burst on the running gear swop...
I spoke to Oldskooler & Markmex and then we jumped in balls deep. Thankfully it was handier than I initially expected, but defo needed a few beers after it...
Have lots of pics, but will throw up a few of the main ones....
To summarise, we levelled the van, centred the wheel in the wheel arch, levelled the sub frame, made up fillet pieces from 60x60 Box Iron, welded up captive pics and welded these to the chassis legs. We had previously made up a jig to locate the top mounts based on the donor van, so we were then able to bolt this jig to the new fillet pieces so that the top mounts were located in the same Camber/castor position relative to the subframe.
We used the top mounts from the old van and 'mated' them to my van. Cleaned them up and job done.
Made a hybrid steering column from the Mk5/Mk2 and mounted it up. By keeping the Subframe 15 mm lower than intended, it made the steering easier to sort and took the pressure off the steering joints.
While I was at the front, I replaced bushes, bearings, brake pads, discs, calipers, flexi pipes, shocks and top mounts.
Rear axle fitted, springs saddles moved in by 2" either side to make it work. Cant use the rear anti roll bar now and it hits the leaf spring, so going to mod the old front anti roll bar some other day to fit....
Changed shoes, cylinders and make made a Mk5 Cable fit handy enough...
Fitted the Brake load apportioning valve from Mk5 as well...
Had to mod the prop to suit, put Mk5 end on the Mk2 Shaft.
Picked up a new exhaust system from a Mk5 Chassis cab, made that fit with a bit messing with brackets etc....
Engine Swop work worked out handy enough as well....
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