Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Can you say "Oh wow"? That's what we were saying when the rarest of all rare Vanagon variants passed through on its way south from Canada. Not only is this a Dehler Syncro 16, it also happens to be a 3 knob syncro (front diff locker, prop shaft decoupler, rear locker), it also is a fully electronic AFN TDI converted van. As far as anyone can figure there are a grand total of 5 of these in N. America, and the only other one I personally know of resides at a towing company yard outside of Eugene, OR--well it did 3+ yrs ago anyhow! RIP dear Dehler....
Anyhow, here's some eye-candy for all you Vanagon junkies out there:
Though not as tidy as our TDI conversions, overall it's one of the nicest ones we've seen from outside our shop. And at the end of the day there is an AFN TDI engine powering one sweet van.
Similar conventions as ours, form follows function etc.
Friday, September 30, 2011
This is the first Syncro Eurovan we've had in our shop and is getting a highly tuned/built stage IV 1.9l AHU TDI engine, which as far as I know will make it the first 4-cyl TDI Syncro Eurovan in the US.
OK, let's get down to business
AHU engine block back from machine shop. Oil dipstick hole is drilled and three R side engine mount 10m holes are drilled/tapped, engine is blasted clean, taped, painted, and oil squirters installed.
|Engine build bench: polished crank, main bearing caps, main/rod bolts, ASV pistons, ARP head studs, etc.|
|Installed eng/trans w/radiator removed.|
|TDI eng sans radiator.|
New rad installed.
IAT sensor port.
Far front/left view of boost pipes.
Bilstein shocks put on all the way around for good measure :-).
***All pics and conversion work done by Grease Works and TDIpowered.