I know what you mean, I’m itching to use it so need to pull my finger out and finish it, currently in the middle of fitting a VW 1.9 TDI PD engine into it keeping the flat front and finishing off the bodywork. It’s a little different to my German fire van Mk1 I had a few years ago that I fitted a 2.9 Cologne Efi V6 into when I was last on the forum.
Thanks, It should go well and be economical. I know of one other Mk1 with this engine conversion and a Mk5 smiley. I will keep updating the thread as I progress along with pictures. Is it ok to carry them on on this thread or would you rather me start one in another section? Cheers
For those that are interested I’m fitting a VW 1.9 tdi pd engine from a 2005 VW Passat and keeping the flat front, it’s an AWX engine so 130bhp standard. I’ve mated it to a Transit type 9 gearbox using a conversion bellhousing from RWD Motorsport’s, they list it for fitting the VW and Audi 1.8 petrol turbo engine to a type 9 gearbox for kit car and rallying applications but as all the VAG group 4 cylinder engines share the same bellhousing pattern its ideal for my application or so I thought until I bolted it all together!! The bellhousing has been made to mount the engine and gearbox ‘upright’ but I needed the engine to mount slanted as per original VW installation ( to keep engine mounts simple, oil pickup as it should be etc) and gearbox upright but I overcome this by redrilling the bellhousing to gearbox mounting holes to clock the gearbox position around slightly.
I know the type 9 is frowned on by many in a transit and originally I was going to use a transit mt75 box with an adapter plate to mount to the engine but as my van is a Mk1 I didn’t want to cut the van about for the mt75 gearbox to fit, faff around with a propshaft all on top of fabricating the adapter plate. The type 9 gearstick comes up through the original hole in the floor which is what I wanted and I reckon the type 9 will be ok in my van being a swb camper not carrying heavy loads and if I drive it accordingly, I’m also keeping the dual mass flywheel on the engine so I think that will be easier on the gearbox too. I’m using car v6 type 9 internals with uprated bearings and needle rollers as well, I just need to mix and match the clutch now when it finally goes together and plumb up hydraulic clutch operation as the bellhousing is designed and machined to use a mondeo hydraulic concentric release bearing.
The engine and gearbox are bolted together and after much faffing are in the vans engine bay now with engine mounts off the chassis rails fabricated to fit the Passat mountings. I’ve had to ‘pocket’ the bulkhead slightly to get the engine far enough back in the bay for the gearstick to line up with the hole in the floor. I’ve still a load more work to go, wiring the engine as it has an ECU and electric throttle pedal but wiring looks relatively straightforward, lots of info on VW forums. Cooling system to sort out and turbo pipe work and inter cooler to all squeeze into the engine bay, here’s a few pictures of where I’m up too. I’ll try and keep it updated when I can.
A little bit of slow progress, made the gearbox crossmember. Originally I was going to adapt the Mk3 Transit type 9 gearbox crossmember to fit my van but made one from scratch instead. Next job is to work out cooling radiator and pipe work along with where to fit an inter cooler and all the pipe work for that.
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