so a bit late in updating this. but here it is...
ultimate dubs. really good to meet the others. The show was interesting, not quite my cup of tea as most were new cars on air ride with wheels worth more than my car, but it was impressive the time and money that went into some of these!
I also impulsively bought a vw sharan. It is vile in every way so for its short existence in my ownership it was named, 'sharon the turd'. overflowing ash tray, mcdonalds chips and milkshake on the floor. It was rank. But... it cost me £150 and it had a unmolested smooth running VR6.
Out it comes....in the dark as usual!
goodbye 'sharon the turd' it was a rubbish 2 weeks! I even had to pay £20 to scrap it.
i removed the engine with trolley jacks and its a heavy old beast so i needed to lift it up so i could make a trolley to move it around. i don't have a engine hoist so used two bins, a length of wood and ratchet straps. worked fine....
i tackled the engine loom which started off life like this
and i removed all of this 'non essential rubbish'
i also stripped all the 'non essential' parts off the engine so i have less to think about, so i removed the SAI, EGR, PCV, AC, PAS and auxilary water pump. I also stripped off loads of coolant pipes to bare bones.
after a bit of tidying it now looks like this...
the plan is to order the engine mounts on pay day form Classic-vw, then strip it of all brackets etc and send them to be powdercoated and paint the block with high zinc paint whilst i wait. I plan to get the intake manifold painted to match the wheels.
The classic-vw mounts are from epytec and are 'bolt on' rather than the other type which has to be welded in. This will allow me to put it back to the 2.0 litre if i ever change my mind. I will need to have custom driveshafts made but i'm ok with that. I can then modify the original 6-2-1 manifold to fit as its pretty free flowing anyway and make a new 2.5" exhaust. other than that its just wiring and radiator really. no big deal.
I have to buy a new gearbox unfortunately as the sharan used two types, one i could use, and one i could not. guess which one i got!! that will probably cost as much as the car did, but ho hum.
I will probably get grief for putting a 'heavy VR6' in, but i have always wanted one and they sound amazing. My car isn't exactly a track car so won't really matter and i figured 1.8T conversions are quite common so i would do a retro conversion. listen to this onehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCBpOLX66JY&t=11s
I plan to get everything ready for the conversion over the summer and do the conversion over the winter ready for next summer.
be nice to hear any thoughts...