ermil owns a prius
made excellent progress today.
here is a youtube video if you're so inclined
got the axles finished, started her up, made the tires go round and round, clutch works, throttle works,
still lots to do.
i expect to take her for a test drive tomorrow if all goes as planned. i don't have any transmission linkage right now, so i couldn't take her out today.
here are some photos of the completed axle shafts. I haven't driven at high speed yet, hope they don't vibrate. Machine shop guy thinks they are going to be fine...but he said i might not want to drive 100 mph.
it's interesting how the honda and vw shafts are so similiar in size.
note to self: don't let the little ball bearings fall out of the vw end of the axle shaft.....ugggg
Modified by lapeer20m at 10:44 AM 6-28-2008
Quote, originally posted by USOPHUNKE » most people dont swap the same replacement engine in a vw this quick
thats what i was thinking... how man unfinished project threads have we seen
2001 Golf TDI
2005 Passat TDI
2008 Harley-Davidson Night Train FXSTB
1990 Golf ABA Turbo -SOLD
i didn't get around to working on the project today, but i was able to perform some caculations.
i've had some difficulty finding data on the vw golf mk2 diesel , but i ran across one article that said the
final drive ratio is 3.94:1
stock tire size is 175/70-13 which = 890 tire revolutions per mile
crx tire size is 185/70-14 which = 833 tire revolutions per mile
multiplied by the final drive ratio, the engine should be spinning about 225 fewer rpms @ 60 mph with the crx tires.
not really a big difference, but should help improve fuel economy a bit.
anybody know if there is an overdrive 5th gear conversion available for the vw trans?
Your trans code should be ACH:
You could try finding a .71 from another 020 and putting it in there. But finding a different tranny with a better FD (AND that .71 gear) could lower it even more!
I think the AVX with a 4.25 would make it even better? Or is that the other way around? The AVX is kinda hard to find though, so I wouldn't put much into finding it (US ECODesel only).
did lots today. drained the gas out of the tank, filled with diesel, drained a bit of that out, then re-filled with diesel. connected fuel lines to the engine, traced my wiring and hooked up the ignition. I also got my shifter installed mostly.....still needs a bit of tweeking as i can't find all the gears all the time.
she's still ugly......also waiting on my alternator before i install the radiator and engine coolant, glow plugs, brakes need some work, there's currently no exhaust and the list goes on and on. but i'm making pretty good progress. it's only been like 9 days since i started the project, and i work a full time job too.
here's the latest video of the first test drive. things are still a bit rudimentary
Quote, originally posted by The_Hamster »
Glowplugs are not required to run a diesel engine. They are a cold-starting aid.
OP is from Michigan... Something that IS required to run a diesel engine is getting it started.... good luck doing that in the Michigan winter without the glowplugs....
Great post though.
Quote, originally posted by lapeer20m » i forgot to mention glow plugs. they are an essential part of the vw diesel system, especially since i live in michigan. This particular engine is impossible to cold start without glow plugs, even when it's 80 degrees outside without the aid of jumper cables.
the vw actually has a very simple glow plug timing circuit that varies the time the plugs stay on based on coolant temperature....but i'm just gonna use a push button switch and a relay...or maybe just a heavy duty 50 amp push button switch for simplicity's sake. I just replaced the glow plugs recently, 2 of them were not working.
here's a photo of the weld on the axleshaft
you dont want to run 50+ Amp's into the cab if you dont have to...
check out this article... http://vincewaldon.com/index.p...id=28
I decided I"m going to try to keep as many of my stock guages as possible. I haven't looked inot it yet, but it's quite possible that the temp and oil pressure sending units from the honda motor will screw right into the vw block....i immagine the voltage gage(do i even have one? at least an alternator idiot light i'm sure) will work when i hook up the alternator.
i might even see how closely related the vw and honda speedo cables are. i don't immagine it'll indicate the correct speed, but if the speedo works i could always make new speed increments. Maybe just mark 25, 35, 55, 70 as indicated by my gps.
i'd like to finish the body work and get her painted this week too, if all goes as planned, but i've been slacking on other things that really need to be done around the house, so we'll have to see.
i need some hubcaps. I have a pair, but need 2 more.
why does everyone build my original ideas before me..... Just kidding. But it is nice to find people of like minds. I also noticed the weight difference, I already have a POS jetta with a great motor, just looking for the right Honda shell. Best of luck to ya and thanks for figuring out all the hard parts for me in advance.
project is going great!
things i did today:
alternator, radiator, engine coolant, did some more electrical stuff,
test drove the car today out on the road. Drove a few miles to show the car to some friends of mine.
still have one big puzzle to solve....shifter linkage! i'm having trouble finding any gear that is "up" ie: r 1 3 5. I just need to do some more engineering to figure it out. It's a tricky mechanism.
I don't have a speedo, but estimate i drove about 50 mph. There didn't seem to be any shaking or noticable vibrations from the axle shafts or otherwise. Things are coming together quite nicely.
lots of projects left to do.....like making her look pretty.
Quote, originally posted by lapeer20m » still have one big puzzle to solve....shifter linkage! i'm having trouble finding any gear that is "up" ie: r 1 3 5. I just need to do some more engineering to figure it out. It's a tricky mechanism.
Why not just use the entire shifter assembly from a diesel rabbit?
Do you care about cutting a new hole in the floor?