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EA81 transplant into a '59 Beetle
Posted 23 September 2009 - 12:56 PM
I have a VW specialist right next door to my shop, and he has inquired about this type of swap.
Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:06 PM
Kennedy adapter plate and flywheel. Stock VW pressure plate and clutch. I fabricated the rest of what I needed. Intakes, filler tank...
Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:49 PM
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.
Posted 09 October 2009 - 11:20 PM
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?
Posted 10 October 2009 - 09:46 AM
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?
Edited by ninjaben43, 10 October 2009 - 09:55 AM.
Posted 10 October 2009 - 01:01 PM
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.
Posted 12 October 2009 - 08:05 PM
It is a good feeling to finally have it all working right.
Posted 17 October 2009 - 12:16 PM
Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:14 PM
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...
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...
Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:12 PM
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!!
Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:23 PM
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.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 09:40 PM
And here it is with the VW exhaust tips.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 08:54 AM
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 .
Great fab work. Kept the VW feel. Love it.
Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:29 PM
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.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 06:47 AM
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