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#1 ShawnW

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:15 AM

Removed VW 1.9 WBX and installed the Ej22. Lots of hookups to go but its physically in there at least. Photos tomorrow. :)

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:56 AM

Yay! Those WBX were one of the worst mistakes VW ever made. Surprising that the Buses are as popular as they are, considering.

#3 ShawnW

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:23 AM

Correction, photos soon. Keep forgetting the camera. :)

Today I tore down the WBX engine to see what makes it such a POS. Its like an EA81 mechanically but with a whole bunch of extra garbage such as removable cyl sleeves, manifold pipes that go around like spaghetti, coolant pipes that are overdone...13 and 15MM bolts that drive a Subaru geek NUTTY as everything you see is in 12's and 14's and it keeps futzing with you. I got one piston out, looked down into the block and decided there wasnt anything worth saving and put the whole block in a scrap metal bin. I saved the mentioned piston as a souveneir and trophy but in all honesty it wasnt worth the time I spent tearing it down.

The vanaru might start at this point if I put gas in it. Yesterday I drained all the 3 year old gas, then after making the last electrical connection I hopped in got to the point of touching the key and it dawned on me that the fuel tank is bone dry now. DOH! Tomorrow is another day. :)

#4 Jerry DeMoss

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 08:58 AM

I am anxious to see your project.Sounds really nice.Don't feel bad about forgetting gas.I once forgot to put on the coil wire and couldn't figure why I couldn't get the darn thing to fire.:lol:

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 03:03 PM

Not having torn down a VW engine, I really don't know much about them, but I would mention that removable cylinder liners are generally a good thing, not a hindrance. That's how they do it on all the heavy duty engines, so that you can just replace the liners instead of boring the block. Are they wet liners (where coolant actually circulates around the liner) or dry (where coolant goes through passages in the block but never touches the liner)?

Anyway, sounds like a great project. Must see pictures!

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:56 PM

In this case the liners are completely rusted as its a florida car and the antifreeze mixture seems near 10% instead of 50 like up here. :(

All the same u may be right i just know subie motors. :)

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 11:44 PM

Im to the point of trying to crank it over but all I get is a click from the starter. Tonights troubleshooting was to remove and install the starter I had that worked on my 81 Westy. That didnt help.

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:26 PM

It runs! My boss found the reason for the CLICK. I didnt hook up the MAIN POWER WIRE TO THE BATTERY. :)

It also now has a fully upgraded cooling system lacking only coolant. Tomorrow the fun of burping it will begin.

#9 Jerry DeMoss

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 04:32 AM

Nice project you got going Shawn.Thanks for letting me stand and watch the progress on the EJ22 swap and also for showing me around the shop.Was great to see the van.Thanks again.:)

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 10:39 PM

Got the temp gauge in and started adding coolant today. Getting VERY close to drivable (more than just in and out of the shop).

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 11:20 AM

Shes ready to go apply for plates and smog now. Shes burped and the last few connections will take under 10 minutes prior to leaving. 3 months later shes ready to roll but thats a lot of procrastination.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 12:49 AM

con grats man glad to see you got her done

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 07:41 PM

Forgot to get a speed sensor so it won't idle when warm and thus I cant take it over to smog it. Ordered it tonight.

The first major snafu I need to address is the fuel tank. It obviously hasnt been filled FULL in years....I filled it today and a 4.5' diameter puddle of unleaded showed its ugly face on the ground when the pump kicked off. :(

I think this is probably common just gotta see if the tank is rotted or if the vent hose that probably comes off the top is screwed up.

#14 ShawnW

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 10:39 PM

Finally posting a photo. The oil marks on the driveway are from my Toyota, not the URABUS. :)

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 07:29 AM

Very nice Shawn.Glad to see her out in the open air.Are you still looking for parts?I haven't seen anything lately just had to ask.
Nice Job!:clap:

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:14 AM

sweet... you soo need to get the letters off the back of an impreza and put them on your bus wackwards:banana:

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:26 AM

sweet... you soo need to get the letters off the back of an impreza and put them on your bus wackwards:banana:


+1


any chance I'll get a ride in this sweet rig when I'm out in CO?

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 12:43 PM

+1

#19 ShawnW

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 01:09 AM

Very nice Shawn.Glad to see her out in the open air.Are you still looking for parts?I haven't seen anything lately just had to ask.
Nice Job!:clap:


Bumper corner covers on 3 corners (LF, RF and LR).... :)

#20 ShawnW

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 01:10 AM

+1


any chance I'll get a ride in this sweet rig when I'm out in CO?


Sure! PM me for a phone number to use when you are out here.

#21 ShawnW

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 01:10 AM

sweet... you soo need to get the letters off the back of an impreza and put them on your bus wackwards:banana:


Already got em and im thinking ill debadge the liftgate of anything VW and put the URABUS on the back.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 11:35 PM

Smog and plates today. Still dying on idle at stops, gotta try an IAC replacement now and see if that helps.

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 12:34 AM

IAC didnt help. I turned the throttle stop screw on the throttlebody and that helped some but it flutters at idle still. Im not 3 footing it very much anymore though.

Today I put the skylight we got from the skylight guy in Canada in and I must say this is a really nice product, nicer than the original and cheaper by ALOT than the Westfalia companies original supplier (here in the USA)

http://www.theskylightguy.com/

They tried to deliver the pop top seal that goes around the edge of the camper shell but it has a signature required on it so they didn't leave it on my very safe porch. :( Oh well piece of mind is nice for the shipper and I get it.

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 11:27 PM

Well we just got back from our first camping weekend in it. More repairs and refinements to go but it is worthy already and thats all that matters.

Lake Pueblo State park. Had an electric hookup at the site and got to try out the fridge, which worked on 110V. Still havent tried putting LP in the tank to see if the stove or fridge on that mode work.




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