I have just picked up a 1998 AHU complete donor, and my plans are to swap the engine and trans in to my 1981 Jetta. I understand that the newer motor will accept all the same motor mounts from the 1.6D, but the trans mount may need to be fabbed up, which isn't a big deal really. Also I understand the new motor is a drive by wire and a cable shifted transmission.. I have the entire car, so I will have practically any part necessary from the mk3 side of things.
A thought was brought to my mind.. converting the car to CE2, or using the entire harness from the 98 and put it in the 81.. both of these were brought to the front of my brain, but i know nothing of either, care to explain it to me?
I will have (hopefully if I can get it going) another car to drive while this one takes the garage spot for a while.. so I will have to rip the interior apart to make the shifter happen as I have to cut out the old one.. and this one will need to be fit in there somehow (anyone got a link as to how they have seen the cable shift adapted to an mk1?).
Also on the pedal cluster, how does this work out? (anyone cross over any good threads on this part either?) I am still on the learning curve of a lot of this stuff as to how to get the engine operating properly in the mk1. The car is in my possession so I will begin to tinker around on it and figure out the TDI diesel side of things. I mean I am not a complete invalid I have researched a bit on how the TDI's function so I am good on that part.
Also this engine has an A/c compressor and my car once had A/c.. could this be made to work out or what? I mean I guess there really is no reason why it couldn't work right? A couple fittings should hook things up nicely eh? Could I actually use the lines from the AHU engine? and run them in to the condenser in the car?
The turbo spools up niiicely its starting its spool at like 1400 and is screaming by 23-2500, I'm very excited!
I would appreciate every piece of information you have to provide! I have been doing lots of reading, but the same info twice is never a bad thing.. just makes understanding it easier Eh?
Thanks so much guys, wish me luck on this project!!