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    Thread: Ford Zetec Vanagon conversion

    1. Member westy66's Avatar
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      03-21-2008 05:26 PM #1
      in addition to the BlueMotion Passat that showed up at out GTG last night, another one of our dudes is doing the R&D for a Zetec conversion for a water cooled Vanagon. the picture doesnt do it much justice, but it was clean. full Ford ECU with OBD port for tuning. custom exhaust and motor mount/cage beneath. i didnt drive it as i already had a couple beers
      ill drive it next week and report

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      03-21-2008 09:32 PM #2
      looks nice ... i am sure more is in the budget to make such a conversion more worthy (turbo?)

    3. 03-21-2008 11:11 PM #3
      I'd like to convert mine, either to Subie or zetek. It's a bit pricey and so long as my engine holds up there's no pressing need. The company that does the zetek conversion is http://www.bostig.com/products/zetec/
      They are located pretty close to me, like to see one in person.

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      03-21-2008 11:27 PM #4
      This is giving me so may naughty ideas for the Vanagon I drove when I first got my license. She's still sitting at my mom's, missing second gear.
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    5. 03-21-2008 11:32 PM #5
      I have a Zetec in a Focus. I can think of a number of engines I would rather swap into something like a Vanagon.

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      03-21-2008 11:36 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by Download_Complete »
      I have a Zetec in a Focus. I can think of a number of engines I would rather swap into something like a Vanagon.

      No sh*t. I like to call it The Hoover.
      OT but how's the timing belt/water pump change in these things? I'm a bit over due (91k) and I need to get on it...

    7. 03-21-2008 11:50 PM #7
      how much does a water cooled vanagon weigh?

    8. 03-21-2008 11:50 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by EK20 »
      This is giving me so may naughty ideas for the Vanagon I drove when I first got my license. She's still sitting at my mom's, missing second gear.

      Been there done that. There is a company in your state that I bought a transaxle from, upgraded syncros, nice job. It shifts way better than it ever did.

      http://www.aatransaxle.com/

    9. 03-22-2008 12:02 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Download_Complete »
      I have a Zetec in a Focus. I can think of a number of engines I would rather swap into something like a Vanagon.

      Bear in mind the point of this swap is not to make it a performance machine...it's to make it a reliable daily driver with reasonable drivability. People have swapped VW inline-4s into these and have been happy despite being a heavy vehicle for an inline-4 mostly because just getting a durable engine in there is reason enough alone to do the swap.

    10. 03-22-2008 12:04 AM #10
      Also fits under the engine cover without modification.

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      03-22-2008 12:08 AM #11
      nice, those Zetec motors make plenty of power too

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      03-22-2008 12:08 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Sonicstereo »
      I'd like to convert mine, either to Subie or zetek. It's a bit pricey and so long as my engine holds up there's no pressing need. The company that does the zetek conversion is http://www.bostig.com/products/zetec/
      They are located pretty close to me, like to see one in person.

      Bostiq, eh?
      they did the headwork on my GTI

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      03-22-2008 12:09 AM #13
      My dream Vanagon (Vdubaru) will be an 85> Subaru Diesel powered camper.
      Come on Subaru and bring that biotch to market. Can't wait for the first totaled subie to a boneyard.
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      03-22-2008 12:48 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Chapel »
      nice, those Zetec motors make plenty of power too

      Say what ?
      Where is Kyron ??? http://www.bringkyronhome.org/
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      Yes, there is a high chance that the tractor trailer was the one going 160MPH, not the Porsche GT2 RS.

    15. 03-22-2008 01:20 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by eunos94 »
      My dream Vanagon (Vdubaru) will be an 85> Subaru Diesel powered camper.
      Come on Subaru and bring that biotch to market. Can't wait for the first totaled subie to a boneyard.

      Subaru had diesels in North America?
      I can only dream of a boxer diesel:
      http://www.boxerdiesel.com
      I really don't know why Subaru didn't bring the diesels to Canada? The diesels made up 50% of VW's Canadian sales...


      Modified by hotweiss at 11:29 PM 3-21-2008

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      03-22-2008 01:57 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by Sonicstereo »
      I'd like to convert mine, either to Subie or zetek. It's a bit pricey and so long as my engine holds up there's no pressing need. The company that does the zetek conversion is http://www.bostig.com/products/zetec/
      They are located pretty close to me, like to see one in person.

      I don't know where you live, but my mechanic in my city does some very nice subie conversions. He is responsible for a lot of quicker Vanagons running around socal these days.

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      03-22-2008 07:39 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by ModelCitizen »
      how much does a water cooled vanagon weigh?

      Vanagons weigh about 3400 to 4100 lbs depending on the model (passanger/westy/2WD/Syncro/etc). This looks like a nice conversion to me, I just wonder if it transmits a lot of vibration into the cabin. I really liked my Subaru EJ22 converted '83.5 Vanagon.

    18. 03-22-2008 12:32 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Horror Business »
      I don't know where you live, but my mechanic in my city does some very nice subie conversions. He is responsible for a lot of quicker Vanagons running around socal these days.

      I'm in Mass. Hopefully I can get another couple of summers before I upgrade.

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      03-22-2008 12:38 PM #19
      So what's the advantage of the zetec conversion over the ej22? Other than maybe cost, I can't really think of any. I feel like the ej22 probably makes its torque at lower rpms and the boxer engine note is more fitting for a vanagon. That said, I would gladly drive a zetec westy over a wasserboxer one.
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      03-22-2008 03:39 PM #20
      Interesting and clean swap.
      Though I think if it were my money I would want something with more usable torque like a Nissan KA24 or even a Ford 2.3 duratec, which is very similar to the zetec.

      Or if your feeling really frisky, a Cummins 4BT diesel .

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      03-22-2008 04:12 PM #21
      How much shorter is a Zetec vs. an old-sk00l 1.6L Diesel inline-4? In factory stock form, a Diesel Vanagon has its inline-4 sitting angled over on its side so it can fit under the stock engine cover.
      In other news, since I've got access to an '86 Vanagon in really decent shape I'm real curious if anyone's attempted an LSx swap yet.

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      03-22-2008 04:58 PM #22
      I am guessing that the main attraction to the zetec is that they are cheep, easy to find and reliable. Sure there are better engines around but if your driving a vanagon I dont think blistering performance is high on your list.
      Being a purist, I dont like putting a ford or subie engine in a VW. I'd have to put in a 2.0


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      03-22-2008 05:10 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Merc-MarkO »
      Say what ?

      they do, they're great little motors.

    24. 03-22-2008 07:14 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Chapel »
      they do, they're great little motors.

      Uhh, they're OKAY. Thats it. Its not particularly smooth, good sounding, fuel efficient, or powerful.

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      03-22-2008 07:18 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by Chapel »
      they do, they're great little motors.

      I really have to disagree here. I've about 600 miles of seat time in 2 different Zetec equipped Focus. They're not that good of an engine at all.
      Where is Kyron ??? http://www.bringkyronhome.org/
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      Quote Originally Posted by genjy View Post
      Yes, there is a high chance that the tractor trailer was the one going 160MPH, not the Porsche GT2 RS.

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