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    1. Senior Member briano1234's Avatar
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      06-20-2019 10:38 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Screamingdeal View Post
      Since I have a swapped engine I've noticed there is only one wire for the low (blue) oil pressure sender that is supposed to go on the side of the head. The original engine does not have a sensor by the oil filter but the swapped one does, do I need both hooked up?
      On the original diesel I owned you had the low oil pressure light switch on the side of the head. The hole in the oil filter flange had a cap in it. The "black sensor that you spoke of in the oil filter flange is usually for water temp if it is in the outlet flange for the water, or Oil temp if you have an oil temp gauge in the car. If it isn't connected then it is being used as a plug.

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      06-21-2019 09:26 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by briano1234 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Screamingdeal View Post
      Since I have a swapped engine I've noticed there is only one wire for the low (blue) oil pressure sender that is supposed to go on the side of the head. The original engine does not have a sensor by the oil filter but the swapped one does, do I need both hooked up?
      On the original diesel I owned you had the low oil pressure light switch on the side of the head. The hole in the oil filter flange had a cap in it. The "black sensor that you spoke of in the oil filter flange is usually for water temp if it is in the outlet flange for the water, or Oil temp if you have an oil temp gauge in the car. If it isn't connected then it is being used as a plug.
      I believe that the oil pressure sensor on the filter flange is to let you know if you have excessive pressure due to a clogged filter.

      As stated before; I would delete (leave unwired) that and the oil pressure control module unit if you have one. Use a sensor for an air-cooled vw in the side of the head and wire it to the bulb in your dash. This gives you a simple and reliable system for checking that oil pressure is making to the top of the motor, where it needs to be. Typically my dash light stays on for 2 or 3 seconds after start up, until pressure builds to the head. I like it that way.
      Last edited by mokoosh; 06-21-2019 at 09:30 AM.
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    4. 06-21-2019 12:03 PM #28
      What do yall reccomend for a place to purchase parts? I need a thermostat, water pump and gasket, timing belt?

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      06-21-2019 12:54 PM #29
      I'm currently in love with RockAuto. Just try to group your parts from the same warehouse to save on shipping.

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    6. 06-21-2019 01:43 PM #30
      Do yourself a favor, shop brand, then find the place that has the best price for that brand. Think about the warranty issues you may have. Any discount from online purchases may not be worth it. Non bendable parts are worth the extra money to buy local [ie Headgaskets].

      Stay away from anything from Meyle and URO. There are exceptions but not many. China gets a bad rap, but they kinda earned it. Many name brand companies have parts made in China and they hold up better than companies that offer really cheap parts. I have found that lifetime warranty parts at the box auto parts stores are not worth it, unless you like replacing that part more than once and usually on the side of the road.

    7. 06-21-2019 01:50 PM #31
      I had one back in mid 80's, put some old 15 inch GTI rims and a front spoiler on it and it will stick to the road like a Mario Kart. I loaded mine with 2000 pounds of tile and it accelerated the same as empty...no turbo.

      Solid motor, they just have a tendency to wear block and cause a lip edge at the top of cylinder bore. Injectors are cheap. Easy rebuild and well worth it. I put 150k on original block and probably another 100k on it before the car started falling apart. Watch those side vent windows. They are glued and one day you will open it and it will keep on going out the hole. I loved the seat belt mounted to door frame, easy to close door, just yank on belt to close. Small fuel tank and put a round spare in the tire well. Held 24 gallons total and could drive over 1000 miles between fill ups. Keep in mind Diesel was not as available in the mid 80s.

      Enjoy it. Great Pizza delivery car too.

      Parts... call Pelican Parts. Everything a Mercedes diesel uses your car will.

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      06-21-2019 05:22 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by mokoosh View Post
      I believe that the oil pressure sensor on the filter flange is to let you know if you have excessive pressure due to a clogged filter.

      As stated before; I would delete (leave unwired) that and the oil pressure control module unit if you have one. Use a sensor for an air-cooled vw in the side of the head and wire it to the bulb in your dash. This gives you a simple and reliable system for checking that oil pressure is making to the top of the motor, where it needs to be. Typically my dash light stays on for 2 or 3 seconds after start up, until pressure builds to the head. I like it that way.
      The one on the oil filter flange should be white as it is the low oil pressure HIGH RPM sensor....It shouldn't be black at all...now that I have gotten out my glasses.
      The side of the head is low pressure at idle....

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      06-21-2019 10:03 PM #33
      get a good brand thermostat; stant or wahler
      thermostats always seem to run hotter, I get the 180F and it runs 190 on the highway like it should.

      If you get a 190, odds are it will run at 200F - I've returned many a thermostat, sometimes they run way too hot.
      Might want to get one at the local auto store just for the easy return option.
      Rockauto has the thermostat gasket for pennys, get a bunch of em - the waterpump also uses the same gasket where the housing bolts to the block.
      Last edited by sgnimj96; 06-21-2019 at 10:09 PM.

    10. 06-22-2019 01:43 PM #34
      Timing belt tools, best place to purchase them? I really want to make sure I dont mess that up. Also Injector pump adapter and dial gage, any other "special" tools I may need? Maybe a pop tester for my injectors....

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      06-22-2019 06:26 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Screamingdeal View Post
      Timing belt tools, best place to purchase them? I really want to make sure I dont mess that up. Also Injector pump adapter and dial gage, any other "special" tools I may need? Maybe a pop tester for my injectors....
      I have never heard of quality issues with these tools, so I would check Ebay and price compare MK1Autohaus. Maybe stay away from Hans, that's just good advice in general.

      What you need: camshaft lock tool (and feeler guage shims to cut up, important), IP locking pin, tensioner wrench (optional), and dial guage that threads into the pump. The most important thing is to use these tools carefully, methodically and understand what you are doing and why.

      Tip: use a vice grip on the cam when tightening the sprocket, don't rely on the cam holder tool. Broke the end of my shaft once.
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    12. 06-25-2019 12:57 PM #36
      Anyone have experience with this?

      EWK Dial Test Indicator Set Diesel Fuel Engine Pump Timing Gauge & Adapter for VW Audi https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O1QTSF2..._XfLeDb3451R4R

      Any suggestions on tools is appreciated. Been shopping around a lot, just cant make a decision on IP and timing belt tools.

    13. 06-30-2019 01:25 PM #37
      Just recieved a bunch of parts in the mail, need a timing belt tensioner 068109243F, skf brand is spendy. Any suggestions on quality tensioner?

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