Got out last night and dropped the trans. Next will be yanking the fuel tank then wirewheeling the bay and converting that rust!!!
Got the fuel tank out but take a look at the supply and return spouts on the tank in the last picture. Gonna have to do something about them! Whether I run a new ful cell, na fitings or get a set of spouts welded to the old tank.
and while you're at it you might as well just cut out that support shelf the gas tank sat on. figure that when you get the motor in and mounted properly you can reinstall it via some tweaking and welding then figure out what size fuel tank will fit
Getting wiring done while still on the clock!!
Butt, Butt, Butt smh They will be coming off and be soldered back up!
This is what I am left w/ after sifting and weeding out the cancer in that harness! Ready for friction tape!
you can cut out that cross support bar that you left untouched. it's not going to be needed and will just be in your way. it's nothing more than an additional transmission brace that would simply hold up the transmission to aid in motor removal. it's not a necessary piece. especially if you need more room for the coolant pieces and/or transmission adaptor section.
also while you're in there you might want to think about doing your frame notches. i mean you're right there.
and i would totally ditch the idea of using the rear stock motor mount brackets. imo they'd be hard pressed to support the weight and torque of the vr.
It def does look like a tight squeeze once the engine is in w/ that cross bar as fas as all my cooling hoses at the thermostat housing. The least I have to cut and weld I feel is better for me. Not saying that it wont work for anyone else b/c you have done wonders A1! As far as frame notches, I would def need help w/ those lol
also keep in mind you can go out side the box on this...i mean you can play around with moving your motor/trans. and personally i'd be leaning towards moving it all further back to gain some additional space. people that have done counterflow 1.8 swaps found them to be very tight against the fuel tank firewall. and granted you are modifying your firewall, but additional room to play around with wouldn't hurt.
go check out some of the vanagon builds for how they did their motor mount setups for some ideas. here's one i know off and am following:
the vanagon guys utilize just the stock rear mounting points but make their own custom cross bar/subframe setup. their stock front transmission mount isn't really more stout or more rigid than a bay trans front mount and they are having no problem holding up to the added abuse of the vr6. this again is also proving my point that you don't need that center cross brace. vanagons never had them.
heck here, check out my friend's cross brace he added into his two frame horns:
you can see he cut open some box tubing and welded it to the frame rails for additional strength. you could do something similar to this in the rear and simply make custom mounting brackets to bolt to the motor.
there's tons of different ways to go about this, but i just don't see that stock rear engine cross bar and mounts dealing to well with the vr6. you're gonna be throwing something that's easily 2 to 3 times heavier back there, not to mention a torque monster compared to the crappy type IV motor.
http://www.brrman.com/bus/ I def liked the design. Running a/c is def going to put me into the arena of running a cradle. Oh welding gods give me the strength. I am done w/ the wiring in how I will be running the motor just have to tape it up once its in the bay to make it look decent. Gonna have to start looking into the 2" square angle and borrowing someones welder lol The only reason I was using the moustache bar is b/c I have seen others run it on the 1.8's and it looked sturdy and clean. Def gonna have to rethink this support all over again. Thanks sauce!
UPDATE: Honey do list has been kicking my butt! Been working in my mind on the bus. Started to mock up a cradle w/ wood. Its looking promising... Baby on Friday so I will be M.I.A. for a few! You stay classy.
UPDATE: A1, I ordered the plate its a 4wk turnaround!
Looking to start stripping and painting the engine area. Paint the block, get the donor car cut and sent to scrap so I can pull the bus in the garage!