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Converting a air cooled VW to a water-cooled Sub-engine powered VW- ONE big question


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#1 snakebaby

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 02:37 AM

I'm mechanically incompetent for the most part but like to figure this stuff out. How exactly do you use a water-cooled engine to power an air-cooled machine? Do you have to modify it to fit a radiator in there? If so, where do you place the radiator? I know these are base-level questions, but I'm just not getting it and I've been reading the forum well past my bedtime:). Thanks for any help.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:37 AM

I'm mechanically incompetent for the most part but like to figure this stuff out. How exactly do you use a water-cooled engine to power an air-cooled machine? Do you have to modify it to fit a radiator in there? If so, where do you place the radiator? I know these are base-level questions, but I'm just not getting it and I've been reading the forum well past my bedtime:). Thanks for any help.

Tim B.


For the Vanagon,
yes, you would need to mount a radiator in front, and run hard piping from it to the rear...

ShawnW did his first one this way, but then found a later water cooled one to start with... much easier....

for Bugs and sand rails, you'd also have to mount a radiator somehow....

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:04 AM

Or uo can convert a water cooled vanagon to sooby power, as that would take care of the plumbing part.

There is a subaru powered vanagon list on yahoo if your really curious.

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#4 snakebaby

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 08:05 PM

Yeah I just joined that. I had seen the multiple VW Bugs on here that had Sub engines and wondered. Thanks for the info. I was afraid I was missing something.

Tim

#5 ShawnW

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 01:24 AM

On the vanagon there is basically a spot for the radiator you just need to open up the lower grill hole and add a grill, fans, plumbing, wiring for the fan, etc.....extensive and not worth it.

On a bug you have to decide if you want a heater, decide where to mount the radiator (seems popular to put it in place of the back seat somehow?), and same as above wiring for a fan, adding lines in/out of the engine, etc.

Creativity is the short answer.




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