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1973 VW with EA81
Posted 28 March 2007 - 01:21 AM
the heads needed replacing... I looked inside and the crank needed to be reground too...
I looked at prices. This is a 1700cc engine. heads $500 apiece. compare that to my usual vw: $120 for new head for 1600cc. So it's gonna be at least $1000 for heads... grind crank is about $100. new bearings $100
my neighbor had a 83 subaru GL wagon as a parts car. He only needed some stuff out of the dash, and the carb. He sold me the ea81 engine for a reasonable price. I put new bearings, rings in it. new gaskets. I used the milling machine to make an adaptor to a VW carb. It ran horribly.
then I read about SPFI conversion, and found a few SPFI cars at the junkyard. I converted the EA81 to SPFI. Runs great.
I had to put an extender bars on the engine, so the stock rear engine crossbar on the VW could be used. an adaptor from KEP (still don't know if it's good... I don't think that they'd fabricated an EA81 to VWautomatic adaptor prior to mine). Also had to make a frame for the radiator to hang in.
Tomorrow: test drive
Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:41 PM
Posted 08 April 2007 - 11:06 PM
Where are you going to mount the radiator? Front or Back? I'd be interested to hear how cool you can keep the engine? I've always thought an EA81 would do well in a "Bay Window" Bus:headbang:
Posted 15 April 2007 - 11:03 PM
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