Joined: 02 Jun 2007
Location: dorchester dorset
|Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:44 pm Post subject: 1972 Type II Bay Westfalia Ford Turbo Diesel
|Vehicle & model: westfalia tin top,american import
Engine details: Engine came out of a 1993 ford escort td with a broken camshaft,the only head i could get at the time was one from a mondeo which im pretty certain are the same except for some castings,when fitting the escort turbo i had to move the fuel tank to under the rear seat which does make it abit awkward to fill sometimes,apart from that no other mods were done,it uses the original engine support bar from the 1700 petrol engine (type 4)and engine mountings,i made up some engine supports to fit the ford engine to vw mounts,i also fitted a beetle box which i think was a 4.125-1 but now have a 3.88-1 box in it,to be quite honest i dont think there is a lot of difference between the two,i had to cut and shut the drive shafts and only one has let me down in about seven years of running a beetle box,it has been deiselfied for about 10 years 1st one being a 1600 fiesta lump which then i fitted a turbo from a p100 1800 d to it,then i fitted a 1800 n/a escort engine and now this one,to date the van has gone on many occassions to france with my family on board and nine times out of ten with other members of the family,the best journey going from weymouth to st malo with me the wife,2 daughters,1son,mother and father in law,2 brothers and sisters in law and 2 nephews and 2 neieces,we got a few funny looks when everybody piled out on the boat hi hi.
MPG: I would say somewhere between 40/45
0-60:never tried to time myself but had a few dustups with the local boy racers,which supprised them
Top speed: Off the clock down hill,on the straight 80 to 85
Cooling system details: Now i think this has been most peoples nightmare,ive tried a few different things the one i use now has been most succesful,polo one fitted on ns of engine bay and golf one fitted on os of engine bay,the os one cools the engine water while the ns one cools the heater side of things also coupled up to the heater side is a ldv oil cooler stood upright under the van just in front of the rear axle (it runs water now and not oil),ive tried a old ford transit radiator on the front panel with a sattelite dish covering it, all painted to look like a spare wheel cover the only problem i had is i dont think the ford water pump was strong enough to pump the water to the rad,ive used a ford sierra rad mounted long way at the back of the van with twin fans hence the cut out in the engine cover lid which wasn't to bad until i sprunk a leak,so last trial has been to fit some scoops on the side with twin rads and 2 pushing fans from a renault espace,result" watch this space"
Other non conversion mods: New brazilian camper servo/master cylinder/calipers and drilled discs from machine 7, fibreglass peak from bay splits
Approx cost of conversion: Cant really put a price on it because its been done over the years,i dont think the money side of it is to important its the pleasure i get from owning and driving a left hand drive vw camper/minibus/removal van you name it,ive most probally used it for it,
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