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#26 Gloyale

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 12:56 PM

What Flywheel/Clutch set are you using? And do you have any photos of the adapter?

I have a VW specialist right next door to my shop, and he has inquired about this type of swap.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:06 PM

Here is a much better runnung car. Still a little rich I think. But worlds better! :banana:

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Kennedy adapter plate and flywheel. Stock VW pressure plate and clutch. I fabricated the rest of what I needed. Intakes, filler tank...

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:49 PM

i "hate" to say this. but it still sounds like a VW!!!

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 09:26 PM

i "hate" to say this. but it still sounds like a VW!!!


Isn't it great! :)

I was actually thinking I could put the little vw chrome exhaust tips on with the built in glasspacks to see if I can get the chirpy sound.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 11:20 PM

I got everthing sealed up and put a 180 degree thermostat in. I let it idle up to 180 and took it up and down the street. I got home and let it keep idling while I tried to tune the carbs. It eventually got up to about 200 and my fan turned on and maintained the temp. I am very happy about that. Now I just need to figure out to get it tuned right.

Any advice on basic tuning would be greatly appreciated.

It idles great. It just doesn't seem to accelerate like it should. I step on the gas and it makes a lot more noise and little more power. As of right now. My bug engine was a lot faster. This engine sounds solid. I don't really know what I'm doing.

What vacuum level should I be pulling at the distributor?

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 09:46 AM

sounds like your timing may be off, i believe its supposed to be at 8 btc, mabey 20 btc, the big question is, does that kennedy flywheel have matching timing marks as the stock subaru flywheel?

another thing, when you found tdc, is the disty centered on the adjustment bolt. its easy to be a tooth off... itll still run, but with low power.

your vacuum should be around -10-12 lbs at idle, -20 at +2000 rpm. at least thats what my boost guage said in my turbo, could be different for your application.

id also look into what fuel pressure you would need to run 2 carbs, you said rou ran them on the old vw motor?

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:01 PM

Thanks for the reply,

When I put the heads back on, I marked the real TDC on the pulley. It does not match up with the notch in the pulley. The marks on the flywheel match the factory notch in the pulley. That is where I timed it to.

The distributor is maxed out to one side of the adjusment bolt. (Not centered) How would a tooth off make a difference if the timing is on?


I am pretty sure the carbs are jetted correctly. My bug motor was making about 70-75 horse. These carbs are supposed to run at about 1-1/2 psi. I can't get it set exactly. I either get 1 or 2 psi.

I have no way to check how much vacuum I am pulling right now. I may be able to borrow a tool in the next couple of days.

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 08:05 PM

:banana: Well, I have no need for a vacuum tool. I simply timed the engine to the 8 degrees BTDC instead of to TDC. I still have a little carb tuning to do, but HOLY COW! It wants to MOVE! I Reved it up to maybe 2500 rpm and left two 8 foot long stripes in front of my house and when I turned around at the end of the road to come back, I lightly stepped on the gas and spun right around. This was over an hour ago and I am still giggling to myself. I will try to make a short vid Saturday if my brother can come and help me with it. I took my wife up and down the street once. She told me to warn her next time I want to take off like that.

It is a good feeling to finally have it all working right.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 12:16 PM

That is awsome, I really like how you adapted the VW parts on there. Your exhuast is great. Really nice fab work. I will use your write as a referance for when I take my EA82 out of my loyale and install a EJ22. Then the EA82 is going to go into my 74 VW Baja. Again Nice job. TedBUll

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:14 PM

Thanks tedbull.
I think you will really like it in a buggy. Even this little motor with the dual carbs has more than enough power to be fun. I am going to edit and compile a better vid for youtube, but here is a short clip for now. It would have spun well into second had I not let off the gas...

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 10:54 PM

Very Nice. Looks like fun. Good job.

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#37 danrenfroe2016

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 03:39 PM

Well, It runs a lot smoother with the plug wires going to the correct plugs. :-\ ...


haha, Ya, When I got my 1980 Subaru Brat, I didnt know anything about brats.... It was running, but backfiring and out the carb and all crazy!!!! then I found that two plug wires ere reversed! Been fine ever since!

Love your Beetle!!!! That is going to be pretty quick as well...

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:12 PM

Nice, nice niceee!

I bought a used EJ22 for my wifes 63' ragtop, but she wanted it as close to the origional love bug as possible, so out with the 2.2 and in with the Porsche 1400 engine. :) Guess i'll have to put the 2.2 in my 87' gl 4wd wagon. I want to eventually put my 1.8 that is in the wagon into a beetle. It is a strong 1.8 with ported and polished heads.
Thanks for posting all of this man, looking real good!!

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:23 PM

Oh yeah,

The Kennedy Engineered Products is about 1/2 a mile from my shop in Palmdale, Ca. I have questioned the crud out of those guys and toured there shop, nice little setup.

www.kennedyeng.com/

Chaz~

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 09:40 PM

Well, over 500 miles later it's still running good. I have tried to make it to the drag strip a couple of times, but the track is down for maintenance and weather every time I can go. Here is a clip of 0-70mph.



And here it is with the VW exhaust tips. :)



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Posted 29 April 2010 - 08:54 AM

Looks good. Much needed inspiration for me. I'm about to start soldering on my ej22 to baja bug swap....:eek:

One questions though, did you ever get your outhouse moved closer to your house? It seems like that would be a long walk in the winter :rolleyes:.

Great fab work. Kept the VW feel. Love it.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:29 PM

Ha ha, That isn't my house. I just went over there to make some noise because there was almost no one around to bother.

The car was running a little on the warm side. 210-225. I put some water wetter in the coolant, added some duct work and bypassed the automatic fan switch and hooked it up to the same toggle switch as my other fan. I turned on both fans as I was getting on the freeway. I drove it at 65-70mph for 15 min. It only ever got up to 205 then cooled back down to 195 as I got off the freeway. 70+ degrees outside today. :)

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 06:47 AM

I must say that is a pretty cool bug. I enjoyed watching the videos nothing like a burn out to start my morning.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 09:14 AM

diggin the beetle! props

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:53 AM

know its been awhile since this has been updated. but does the radiator actually keep it cool mounted like that?




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