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  • kevinb
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    Oh man…I can’t believe what an epic this has become.  Not exactly the “kit” we were sold on.  We can try and talk with Small Car a shop up in Washington state.  They did some of these conversions based on engines purchased from Boxeer.  Maybe they would be willing to share some of their experiences.

    John Jones
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    syncro vanagons…. and vanagons in general, are no longer welcome here.. sorry…. 👿  👿  👿  👿  👿  👿 LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL  please call your local vw dealership for more info on this change… 😉

    John Jones
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    there just so damned new…. doesn’t the warranty still apply to these late models?  Can we take it over to the dealership? 😎

     

    (just kidding…)   The clean shoppers are more positive about it’s outcome than I am… 😎  I pray to all the vw gods above and below to help give those two guys the focus to finish this beast and make it come back to life and be more like a giant than a giant snail….. 😎

    Franz
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    Wearing my nasa shirt to work on diesel vanagon swaps. Haha.

    Its the wiring that is hard. We have a cool option with the ECU to run a tablet/ipad as a gauge display for the engine. Which means that the engine need to have all of the sensors that the standalone company(skynam) sells. For some reason that stuff wasn’t wired or included with the engine managment stuff we bought. So we have the harness cut apart and running each sensor wire one by one making sure that we have what the stock vanagon needs, what the subaru needs, and what the ecu guages need. All while weeding out the extra emissions connections/wires that were left on the stock subaru harness that Greg modified.

    Its a challenge when we’re watching the clock. I feel bad for the amount of time this has taken. Aircooled stuff that we’ve done 1000 times we can be 110% productive on.

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    ColeB
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    Haha! It was a snail. But it’s going to be killer! I’m excited to see franz and pat’s work since last time I was there. Thanks guys!

    John Jones
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    I have never had to worry for my life while working on my split…. 8-(  Peet found the manual for the ECU.. this is the first page…. 😎  Seems like someone might have mentioned how hot this unit is going to get.    Due to the chance of me loosing my life while working on a Vanagon, I am no longer taking on any vanagon projects….   I miss my smiley’s.. …. damnt!

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    Jdawg
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    Wearing my nasa shirt to work on diesel vanagon swaps. Haha. Its the wiring that is hard. We have a cool option with the ECU to run a tablet/ipad as a gauge display for the engine. Which means that the engine need to have all of the sensors that the standalone company(skynam) sells. For some reason that stuff wasn’t wired or included with the engine managment stuff we bought. So we have the harness cut apart and running each sensor wire one by one making sure that we have what the stock vanagon needs, what the subaru needs, and what the ecu guages need. All while weeding out the extra emissions connections/wires that were left on the stock subaru harness that Greg modified. Its a challenge when we’re watching the clock. I feel bad for the amount of time this has taken. Aircooled stuff that we’ve done 1000 times we can be 110% productive on. DSC00387

    hahahaha!!! bad ass Franz! you’re basically a rocket scientist now!

    John Jones
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    Peet has been working on this all week…  He has been working on AC… It seems he is going to have to remove most of the interior to get the AC shit down in the rear… shit is full of crud and metal and needs flushed out or replaced….  He was super duper fucking happy about it yesterday… 😎  \

    The best part of this project is that it is convincing the clean shop to just say NO to anything other than aircooled VW work… 😎

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    BBWB
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    Sure has been a “pain in the ass” project. Gonna be sweet when done though.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Franz
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    Pat has been working on the AC system. Found the cause of the leak. An old cracked O-ring in the evaporator. Which was really hard to get at and required removal of the cabinet. While the evaporator was out, it got a good flush job. All new hoses, receiver/dryer, expansion valve, and an upgraded parallel flow condenser. The AC should kick ass.

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    ColeB
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    Man, gonna be awesome! Are you telling me I will be able to drive in the summer with a tshirt on?? We drove it back from Squamish BC two summers ago and I had my shirt off most of the drive because of the heat. At least I got to work on my tan a bit hahhaa ??

    JasonS
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    I like the idea of the stool to hold the cabinet up, I will have to remember that. That makes it a lot easier than holding up while on my back trying to undo it, I couldn’t find anything to fit in that area. Will it be ready for the campout?

    John Jones
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    I hope this rig is done in the next few weeks.. please LORD!!! 😎

    hubcap
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    What an epic, Ive not been around much lately and it seems to be a world of stuff going on at KCW.  The first time you tackle anything it takes longer and is always way more challenging, let alone developing stuff that you thought should have already been done, not easy.

     

    Well done guys for sticking at it.

    Only a matter of time and effort and it will be done

    and parts

    and stress

    and maybe some blood, loud music, bad language

    take away pizza

    head scratching

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    Franz
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    Yeah its been tough. Peet gets angry everytime I say Greg’s name. Haha

    I think we are on the final push. The engine wire harness is the last major thing that needs to be done. We had a modified unit from Greg, but it was the stock Subaru harness with all of emission connections intact, but not used. With a big taped-up bundle where it was modified to connect the stand-alone ECU. It looked like garbage. Plus, it didn’t have the wires to run the oil temp, oil pressure, or exhaust gas temp to the ECU for the bluetooth gauge display.

    I had to ordered all of the senders and EGT amplifier to make the gauges work. Now that is sorted progress can resume.

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    Willy
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    That’s gonna be quite the cockpit with a big old ipad HUD!

    Franz
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    Engine out. Done with mock-up.

    Next Item is engine bay clean-up/finalization. Then we can play for reals.

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    Wiring is sorted. Pat is building away. We have a 40 pin connector on order to make engine install/removal a breeze(though I hope it never comes out). I’m about to build a server rack for the ecu and injector driver to mount nicely in the cabinet adjacent to the engine.
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    hubcap
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    Electric spaghetti?

    great progress to be done with the dry assembly.

    ColeB
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    Looks like it could take off to mars! Nice work guys.

    John Jones
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    this rig is closer than ever…  Peet got the wiring and shit all sorted and figured out… he ordered a cannon plug so it will be on one plug to pull the engine.  This has been quite the project!!!   and I am pretty sure, we will forever shy away from Vanagon’s now…. I sent one tucking his tail the other day… 😎

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