Thursday, June 14, 2018

Propex heater and propane tank install in 2000 Eurovan weekender

This mod has been a long while in the works.  Having a reliable, safe and non-stinky (ie diesel powered) auxiliary cabin heater has been on my winter project list for some time.  To help fund this project I sold 2 diesel fueled aux cabin heaters I had accumulated over the years.  In my experience propane is a superior fuel source for auxiliary heaters in vehicles--even diesels--less ignition trouble and less stinky.  In this install I was able to mount the heater underneath the Syncro Eurovan and plumb all my heating duct connections through the stock rear cabin heater box, so the van body remains uncut, and the interior remains free of additional vents/outlets.  The thermostatic control is mounted on the L rear side of the B column, directly behind the driver's seat.  Wiring to this is hidden under the interior panels and exits the vehicle to the heater under the L side jump seat.  A single 3/8" hole is the only hole drilled into the body for this install.  More details to come....

Propex HS2211:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2000 Eurovan big brake upgrade

This mod was done using the front and rear brake calipers and brackets/rear dust shields from a 2001-03 Eurovan.  The only mod necessary to do this (other than having the correct brake components) is to drill the brake caliper attachment bolt holes out from 16m to 18m.  Braking response is noticeably stronger and crisper.  Well worth the effort.  More detailed pics and info to come....

 Also just crossed another mileage milestone 450k:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Performance AHU 1.9l TDI engine build

This build is for a customer back east who wants a powerful transplant for his EV that is also getting a syncro transplant at the same time.  This PD / AHU hybrid build got delayed for a couple weeks waiting for the some critical parts to arrive.

Build Specs:
1.9l AHU TDI engine
79.76mm O/S PD150 pistons
Integrated Engineering Tucson PD150 rods
ARP head studs
PD150 int. manifold
Colt Cam stage II Billet Camshaft
ALH injection pump 10mm
K03/04 hybrid turbo
DLC764 injectors