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Can my 83 gl motor work in a vw?

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 07:56 AM

Since my ol' 83 GL 1800cc got crumpled, Is there an adapter to the motor to go into a vw? The ones I've seen all are newer FI kits. SC

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 08:33 AM

a few guys have the ER27 XT6 engine in their vanagons. the ER27 bellhousing is identical to the EA82. so the EA82 can definitely work and the EA81 should be the same.

would that be severely underpowered?

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 06:38 PM

Does the van have to be a vanagon, I was thinkin an older bus. Those aircooled jobbies had 60 hp so this 1800cc would be a kick in the pants

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 06:26 AM

I found this, they say the push rod 1800 CC fit in old buses


The following is a list of engines that we adapt to.

Average price is $440 for 200mm VW, $540 for 9” (228mm) VW.

Step 1, one find old cheap bus
Step 2 Buy this adapter
Step 3 figure out how to get motor out of GL SW
Step 4 Get tired of project and leave it half finshed, sell all for loss

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:07 AM

Absolutely a wonderful conversion. Do it!

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:33 AM

I'm interested in how this conversion is possible...
What would it entail, other than the obvious EA81 and adaptor.

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 06:34 AM

Good question, I probaly should work this out in my brain first, before buying all this stuff. Pull subie motor, Clean it up change oil pan gasket and valve gasket, Clutch. any thing you don't want to change later. It be tight in de back of de bus.

If we can remove all the emission air pumps and things? I would try, Get rid of Hitachi Carb, if I can find a cheap alternative

Change FLywheel , mate the adapter to trans, Change clutch things, mate the engine to adapter,

probaly have to rig a brace under the engine . Old bed frames , 2x4'es or something.

Now put the radiator some where. Buy 30 feet of pipe and flex radiator hose, Run it to the roof. or in front of the bus. If it is a camper bus maybe hide the radiator in the luggage rack someway Probaly need the electric fuel pump from the SUbie

Its getting expensive. Clutch stuff $100, water hose, fuel line. $50 Adapter $400. Misc stuff I don't know about $100, Old Bus $500? 120 hours of fun and frustration. I need to score a used adapter some way.

Did I miss anything? SC

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