Thursday, February 10, 2011
'99 EVC VR6 to TDI conv. & auto to manual trans conv.: Day 1.5
Now it's go time and we're on a mission. Step one, transport it from shop A (eng removal shop) to shop B (TDI conversion & fine tuning shop):
Now the elegant manuevering of backing in a 5000+lb vehicle with no eng/PS through the narrows and centered on the lift.
Step 1: pop the hood
Empty engine bay patiently awaiting TDI engine.
Instrument cluster removed; pedal assembly removed for manual/clutch pedal assembly installation.
Steering column and fuse block exposed for re-wiring.
Lots of vacancies....
Steering column disassembled.
TDI engine rebuild dept. What you see are the build parts for a highly tuned (stage V) TDI engine, including: PD150 intake & pistons, Rosten rods, ARP head studs, rod/main brgs, new oil cooler, crank.
Add a rebuilt AHU head and new lifters/cam and you've got the makings of a 150hp/300ft/lb AHU engine.
Modding AHU engine to ABL protocol: Drilling stock 4-cyl EV/T4 dipstick port.
Thick casting boss, powerful drill & sharp bit, lots of metal shavings.