1.9L TD Engine Installation Complete, Westy Back From Sacramento!

30 08 2007

1.9L TD engine8-17-07: Jeff at Autostadt West was able to deliver our Westy after 6 months in the shop for a full transmission rebuild and the installation of a 1.9 Liter Turbo Diesel engine. It was a long time coming, but we’re excited to have her back. The first night I filled up the rest of the tank with our homebrew biodiesel so it is now officially running on clean fuel!

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18 responses

14 11 2007
jeff c.

hi…are you happy with the horsepower,acceleration,etc…can you state what the performance is like…own 3 vanagons and am considering this option…thanks Jeff.

14 11 2007
theseep

I think that the performance feels fairly similar to the stock engine – decent acceleration but we’re not beating anyone off the line. It drives well at 65-70 on flat roads and slows down to 50 or so on steeper sections, needing a downshift to 3rd for longer grades. It’s supposed to be 75 hp with the 1.9L TD and you can get over 80 hp with an added intercooler if you can figure out where to put it. Stepping up to the more expensive and complicated TDI will get 90 hp. Overall we’ve been very happy so far, we were hoping for better mileage but we’re getting 18 or so right now. I just installed the big brake kit for noticeably improved stopping as well.
Good Luck! Clint

13 01 2008
david

Did you have any trouble registering your car after installation? Also check this site out for some good ideas. [www.elsbett.de]

13 01 2008
theseep

I actually haven’t had to yet, registration is good until May. I’m hoping that it won’t be an issue (thanks for reminding me – I have to get on that!).

28 01 2008
farabundo

hi,

you say that you get about 18mpg? wow, that is pretty bad. i though that conversions like this would be giving you 25-30mpg. Does your conversion have an intercooler? Also, why did your conversion take so long? I just talked to Jeff and he said that it would take about 3 weeks after all the parts are in and ready for the transplant. Was is because yours is a syncro or were there other issues?

Thanks for posting all this information.

David

28 01 2008
theseep

Hey David,
The conversion took a long time because yes I do have a syncro, which makes the whole thing more complicated. In addition, the transmission needed a full rebuild and along the way, Jeff and Walter found various other things that needed fixing. I also was under the impression that the mileage would be better. However, I have a rooftop box that further compromises aerodynamics in the “rolling toaster”, which probably steals another 2-4mpg, plus I probably loose another 2mpg running our homebrew biodiesel and VO system. No intercooler yet, I think we can get another 10 hp or more, but it’s already tight back there and would be a bit of an engineering feat.

Jeff and Walter were great, I highly recommend Autostadt West for all your Vanagon needs. They are also the creators of the “Playagon“, a 2 level, chopped up burning man vehicle.

Good Luck!

31 01 2008
farabundo

Well, I’ve been talked to Jeff, thanks to your website, and I will be driving my van to Sacramento very soon for a 1.9TD transplant.

Thanks for your response.

David

31 01 2008
Clint

Nice work David! Are you going for a VO conversion as well?

2 02 2008
farabundo

I want to but it will probably cost me another $1500 for everything and I’m not sure if we want to spend them now and not knowing much about places to collect used oil while on the road to Argentina. I saw that you bought the greasecar kit for yours. How do you like it? Did you also purchase a filtration system to take on the road or did you make it youself?

Thanks again.

David

2 02 2008
theseep

Hey David,
I built a cross between the Roadtote and the Greasebeast filtration systems.
The Roadtote is over at Vegpower.com, uses the Fill-rite 1604 12V pump, dual 10 micron water removal filters, and tucks it pretty neatly into a Rubbermaid plastic tote. However, everwhere I’ve read recommends filtering to 5 microns, plus the Donaldson 10 micron filters are $15 each.
The Greasebeast uses the same pump but uses 2 water filter housings with a 20 micron then a 5 micron filter. The Organic Mechanic was selling them and you can get parts and filters on ebay for cheap.

I had also plumbed in a 10 micron Biotek water removal filter, but the pump just couldn’t push room temp oil through all 3 filters. I also foolishly tried to use the setup on our recent trip to Salt Lake in December and needless to say, the cold oil didn’t have a chance of passing through the filters. It does work well in warmer weather, though.

To store it and the extra oil, I put on the tubular bumpers from Van-cafe.com with built-in hitch and use a carrier to mount it all outside. The only disadvantage to these bumpers, although they look ready for the bush, they are $900 and they only bolt in to the first 2 mounting holes in the rear frame which allowed the bumper to shift when I loaded the carrier. I found out later that GoWesty has more stock looking steel bumpers for $795 with a built in hitch that has extended mounting brackets that go back to a 3rd mounting hole for more stability.

Good work!

28 05 2008
david

hello just checking back on your Reg. I heard that QGA engines were not possible because they were never sold in Ca. If you had problems or no problems let me know be cause I’ll be dealing with that soon .

Thanks David

29 05 2008
theseep

I am having an issue with this, I need to talk to some other referees and then see if there is any way that the engine can be fitted to meet CARB requirements. Otherwise, I might have to get it registered out of state or sell the Vegfalia to someone in another state where it can be registered.

29 06 2008
david

Hi try calling bruce tassi at Tassi VW shop in SF he said he’s got a referee that passed his van and a couple others . good luck

4 11 2008
Tomin8tor

Wow. Biodiesel sounds like a HUGE hassle!! Stranded here and there, VO that gels up in the cold, putting VO in one gallon at a time, etc. How many extra hours did you waste due to using veg oil?

So is the major source of veg oil coming from McDonald’s and other restaurants who serve high cholestrol foods? Seems like a bad thing to me. Also, if you get veg oil from the farms, doesn’t it require like eight-tenths of a gallon of (name your combustible product) to get one gallon of veg oil? AND it takes up valuable farmlands that should be set aside as nature preserves — or if it’s farmland, it drives up the price of other crops, like wheat and soybeans, which are staples in a vegetarian diet.

BTW, veg oil still produces CO2. You simply cannot avoid that fact in an internal combustion engine, no matter what you burn in it.

Dude, my beautiful Vanagon will *never* destroy the environment in such a shamefully self-righteous and selfish way. (Then again, neither will my beautiful 300 horsepower BMW 540i Sport(tm).

So, rock on, bro. But hey, my advice is: get a real job, quit the *huge* time-waster called VO, and support nuclear and other non-CO2 emitting power sources.

Tomin8tor

4 11 2008
theseep

Well Tomin8tor,
I’d appreciate it if you check your facts before calling me shamefully self-righteous and selfish. Your fossil-fuel burning Vanagon and BMW damage the environment much more than the Vegfalia, which runs on used vegetable oil from a healthy local restaurant. You are correct that burning VO produces CO2, but burning it is CO2 neutral, since growing the crop that made the oil absorbed more CO2 than it emits in burning it. Also, since we’re using waste oil, no crops need to be planted for our fuel, this is the ultimate in recycling. I do also agree that food crops like corn for ethanol are highly wasteful and other sources like sugarcane, waste cellulose and algae should be used for biofuels.
As for the “get a job” comment, I’m a full-time emergency department physician and in school for a Master’s of Public Health, I certainly don’t need a job. VO is not actually a terrible time waster, the stories here represent our trials and tribulations, but we’ve never been stranded, and always enjoyed the adventure. Yes, it does take more time and effort to make our fuel, but well worth it in my opinion. I definitely support solar (we have it on our home), wind, wave, and biomass power, as well as next-gen biofuels, not so much nuclear though.
I’d suggest that you make sure you’re taking some action yourself before you criticize people that are actually trying to be part of the solution.

6 11 2010
Tomin8tor

Dude, of COURSE my BEEMER WASTES GAS AND POLLUTES THE ENVIRONMENT — THAT’S WHY I BOUGHT IT!!! I have had the car over 145 miles an hour on a freeway. I drive it like it STOLE it. Why, because it is FUN and because I can afford to!!

So you are saying that we should all eat transfat french fries from McDonald’s so that you can drive your Fagafalia? Great idea with OBESITY being a BIGGER problem than the fake man-made global warming!! (Pun fully intended.)

It figures that you are a government employee, protected by the union thugs. Here is the rule: Those who can do (and make money at it), those who can’t, teach; those who can’t teach work for the government.

WE NEED NUCLEAR!!

If we increased our solar and wind by 30X we would cover less than four percent of our power needs. So… get real, dude. Get nuclear.

By the way, you probably support hydrogen fuel cells too. Cool concept, but IT USES PRECIOUS WATER TO RUN!!! Schwarzennegger is an IDIOT for saying “Hyrdogen Highway.”

6 11 2010
theseep

Once again, Tomin8tor, we must take you to school. Sit down, stop throwing out insults and assumptions and learn something. I can see that your approach to things is fairly juvenile, so we’ll stick to an elementary level.

I don’t work for the government, I am a partner in a physician-owned emergency medicine group and if I wanted an expensive BMW, Porsche, or even an electric Tesla, I could buy one. However, I prefer to pay my mortgage, pay off my loans, put away for my child’s college fund and my retirement, and put extra money into making our home and transportation efficient and sustainable. I really can’t see any rational reason for being against sustainability and insulting someone for their efforts.

Of course I don’t advocate people eating at McDonald’s, their meat is irresponsibly raised, their food is unhealthy and does indeed contribute to our obesity problem, which costs our country around $147 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs. As for climate change, it is indeed happening, is accelerated by human activity, and is supported by reams of scientific data published in peer-reviewed literature. If you’re still in the climate-denier camp, you’re clearly watching too much Fox News. If you spend any time reading any real scientific assessment (not data-skewing pseudo-science), you’ll have no choice but to conclude that our earth’s climate is changing and we need to start making changes or we will eventually reap serious economic and social consequences.

As far as nuclear goes, I’m not completely against it, but it’s old technology. We’re mere decades away from nuclear fusion technology, which would be much cleaner and likely without radioactive waste. The problem with building new nuclear plants now is cost and time – they are ridiculously expensive and take a decade to get on line. In the meantime we can continue to work on distributed rooftop solar, wind, biomass digestion, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, as well as plasma arc gasification of waste, and we’ll be well on our way to weaning off of fossil fuels as new and better technologies continue to emerge. I haven’t been a big fan of hydrogen fuel cells, and although I certainly wouldn’t call Schwarzennegger an “idiot” (you really must stop insulting people if you’re going to sound like an intelligent adult in a conversation), the technology and infrastructure simply aren’t there. Electric cars make much more sense, we just have a little way to go on battery technology (I still think ultracapacitors may be the next big battery thing).

Also, I do find it interesting that you want to conserve water but are not terribly interested in conserving energy. It seems that you still have some learning before you can align all of your ideals. I’d recommend taking a systems approach and consider all of the inputs/outputs/variables before making inaccurate statements in the future. Another tip, just because you don’t agree with someone, it doesn’t mean that they are wrong, less intelligent, or worthy of ridicule, it simply means that they have different data or have made different conclusions based upon their data. You don’t seem like an unintelligent person, but your methods of engagement are sophomoric at best, you can do better.

Thanks for reading, I encourage you to bring any well-supported and civil discussions to the table in the future.

5 06 2014
Magnus G. Kravik

Nice Rig 🙂 What gear ratios are you running after the transmission rebuild? I would love to get the RPMs down a bit on the highway on my 1.9 TD Syncro.

Thanks
Magnus

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