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#1 bluesbug

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 09:32 PM

Got my EA81 installed in the 60 VW panel van.Still waiting on a new radiator,but wiring,brakes etc are all done.Rad is mounted behind the engine and electric fans pull air in from the back.Thanks for all the helpful advice from bugaru and others.I can't wait to get this puppy on the road.
I saw a complete Legacy engine at the junkyard this weekend...Hmmm..
One project at a time I guess.
BTW if aanyone needs a complete 82 GL less engine in west Texas come and get it..

Later,

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 10:57 PM

Sweet, that sounds great. Got pictures?

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 10:57 PM

I've been thinking about putting an ea81 into a bay window type 2 for some time now. Looking forward to hearing about and seeing pics of your bus! By the way
are you getting some serious grief from the hard core VW crowd for putting an
ea81 in a 60 Bus?

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Posted 10 November 2004 - 11:05 PM

By the way
are you getting some serious grief from the hard core VW crowd for putting an
ea81 in a 60 Bus?

Cheers,
Chris


I'm getting 'HERESY' put on my license plates for this same reason. Both the subaru and VW people think it's heretic.

If HERESY is taken, then it's getting AXSPWRS (axis powers).

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 10:14 PM

The buddies are very supportive . No pix yet but the new rad is now installed.I have looked for this panel for years,and it's like a dream come true.Suby engines are great!If ferdinand would have lived long enough he would be proud.This is the best of both worlds.A flat four with power and dependability.

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 06:32 PM

A flat four with a HEATER!!!!

I just remembered I had a friend in Estes Park Colo. that had a 60-62 panel
with cargo doors on both sides of the bus, love those split window rides.

Please post some pics, I'm really wanting to see the end product!

Cheers,
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Posted 13 November 2004 - 07:53 PM

A flat four with a HEATER!!!!

I just remembered I had a friend in Estes Park Colo. that had a 60-62 panel
with cargo doors on both sides of the bus, love those split window rides.


I seen that one!!! gorgeous.. i don't member the color,but my father pointed it out a few years ago- must have gotten parts from his shop or something.

Has anyone seen pictures of the chopped one in Loveland, CO that has the iron cross on the back windows- violent lime green and at one of the dealers on Lincoln? My buddy wound up, and he blew away my friends tacoma last night. HAHA, mike deserves that for running a 2.7L tacoma. He wrapped up and must have been running a straight pipe- it barked! plus the tires skid every time he shifted. I want to find out if that's a subie-powered.

Good luck with prject heresy, that sounds awesome!!

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 08:19 AM

Update. Got it running last night and fixed a pesky water leak.This weekend it may actually come out of the shop under it's own power.Fans come on at 210,and the temp never gets above that.Starts easy,idles perfect ,and has plenty of power.Do I sound EXCITED!

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 07:44 AM

Picss!!!

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 12:38 PM

awsome man glad to hear its running! gotta love the warm fuzzies of fireing up an engine you built and put in :D

so when is that EJ22 swap? :brow: man that hing would pop wheelies! (prolly more due to all the weight in the back LOL)

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:47 PM

I got pix,but cant get them to post.I can email them to y'all if you would post them for me.


Thanks
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Posted 26 November 2004 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 27 November 2004 - 12:29 PM

Sweet!

Ok, stupid question time...I take it your rad hinges on the bottom, and
closes flat against the back? I really hope you'll keep us updated on the
project, esp how the cooling works out? Thanks again for the pic, it's
giving me new hopes and ideas for a family hauler.

Cheers,
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Posted 27 November 2004 - 06:46 PM

Correct.

Hinges on bottom,and bolts with big washers thru the rad that pinch the bulkhead on top.Had to refab the lower VW crossmember to lower it for clearance,but plenty of room now.Two pix posted in the gallery.

Today I painted the cargo area and did some adj on the front doors.

Thanks for the interest

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 09:39 AM

This is great. If I ever sell my Hatch, I plan on buying the Kennedy kit for my 73 westy. I will put a great running ea-81 I have, with a weber and ea-82 manifold. 'Bout 85-90 hp then I figure, much better than 62 hp stock on a motor than weighs over 100 lbs more.

Can you send some pics my way particularly of the modified engine crossmember? Did you use the Kennedy kit?

Dis you get a rad made so that the hoses would be on the bottom so there would not be much flex needed? Plan on keeping the engine hatch on? I have seen one with the engine hatch replaced and it didn't look as good.

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 04:33 PM

Do a whois on busaru.com and you will see what I will call my 73 Westaru when it is complete. Oh yeah, westaru.com too!

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 08:11 PM

The crossmember I was referring to is actually the rear apron,a body part that was modified to lower the radiator.The engine with kennedy adapter installed into the VW transaxle with no modification at all.It went in in about an hour,not counting wiring,exaust,etc...The oil pan isnt even all that much lower.

Wiring was pretty simple,but I had to run extra wires for the water temp and oil pressure guages which are electric units.

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 06:29 PM

Time for a new radiator man!!! :lol:

I like the color scheme so far. Neat bus!

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 04:50 PM

Hey that is a new radiator man.Orilleys doesnt paint them that well.

The original engine cover will not be used,but I have some ideas about fabbing one with angle iron and some special expanded metal.Always open for ideas though.

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 08:25 PM

From where and how much did you get you radiator? Is it custom made? two row? al or copper? How thick is it?

What kind of fan are you using? Low profile or standard? Are you going to pull air through rad, or push air out through rad? I gather the fan is going to be on the inside facing the engine.

Did you custom make an engine support crossmember? Someone else told me that they were just going to hang the engine off of the tranny with no additional support. I feel that an engine cross member is likely needed like what it is in the stock application.

Did the kennedy kit come with good directions?

Thanks for answering these questions.

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 09:42 AM

The radiator is a stock 82 suby that cost $129/w a lifetime warranty.Top hose is extra long to facilitate opening.Fans are both stock 80's suby and have plenty of clearance.

Tranny supports engine fine,but a xmember could be fabbed easily enough if needed.
Now if it would just warm up so I could finish painting my subybus!

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 03:06 PM

The radiator is a stock 82 suby that cost $129/w a lifetime warranty.Top hose is extra long to facilitate opening.Fans are both stock 80's suby and have plenty of clearance.

Tranny supports engine fine,but a xmember could be fabbed easily enough if needed.
Now if it would just warm up so I could finish painting my subybus!


Could you clarify exactly how the engine is mounted?

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Posted 01 January 2005 - 10:05 AM

The adapter bolts to the engine and the whole assy then bolts to the transaxle just like an engine bolts in on any beetle or other air cooled VW.I built a jack cradle to avoid the oil pan while jacking the motor in place.
BTW the subybus is now painted and going back together,and PIX will be posted soon.




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