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    1. 04-01-2003 03:52 PM #1
      The Rabbit TDI Project
      Part 1: Introduction

      For about 10 years I've been looking for a Rabbit pickup. Last year, I found one about 3 hours drive away from home.
      About 2 miles away from where I was supposed to meet the guy, the transmission in my GLI died: stuck in third.

      So I bought the truck and drove it home.

      1982 Rabbit pickup, 1.6L IDI diesel, 5speed.
      Top speed: 120 kph, depending on wind direction
      ~80kph on some of the local hills...

      The body of the truck was great, but the engine was lacking. I have a JH/ABA hybrid engine in the GLI, so I'm used to
      having torque and power, I knew the engine had to go.

      3 months previous, my parents purchased a 2002 GOlf TDI with a slush box. Hmmm....

      Started lurking in the forums at TDIclub.com, and was quite intruigued by the performance potential of the TDIs.

      Maybe I should leave the truck as a diesel...

      Last summer I went to a whack of VW enthusiast gatherings (read: VW shows) Met Cam from CWS Tuning in Regina ( www.cwstuning.com), said he had a TDI engine from a 2002 Jetta, low miles (~2200 kms). Hmmmm....

      For those that don't know, Cam has a fantastic 1.8T Rabbit.

      So I bought the engine and picked it up on Labour Day weekend, 2002.
      Poetic justic, the old truck bringing home it's new engine.

      Months and tears and scraped nuckles and an empty wallet and a maxed out borrowing account later,
      and it's running under it's own forced induction diesel power.

      Mmmmmmm, forced induction diesel power.....

      Stay tuned...


      Out with the old,

      click the dead pics for links.

      Part 1: Introduction
      Part 2: Installing the Engine
      Part 3: Transmission
      Part 4: Wiring 1
      Part 5: Speedometer and Cluster
      Part 6: ImmobilizerIII
      Part 7: Drive By Wire
      Part 8: Intercooler
      Part 9: Intake and Exhaust
      part 10: MFA and Cruise Control
      Part 11: The Dash
      Part 12: The Little Things
      Part 13: The End (for now)
      Part 14: 6spd transmission and brake upgrades
      One Year Later
      Dyno results
      Who Needs a VR6
      TDI Rabbit
      Last edited by MrDave; 11-07-2019 at 06:16 PM. Reason: VWVortex lost formatting

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