Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by jb4845, Jan 14, 2006.
yeah looking good, keep it coming
Definitely time for a bit of an update - getting close to finishing and rego now!
Some of you might have seen this in another thread
For those that didn't - it is an engine lift specially designed for the VW motor! Where did I get it - now there starts a story.
Got reading on the 'net about using a hydraulic motorcycle lift to raise the engine into place and after figuring out the expense of purchasing one for hopefully a one-off event was too much I got to thinking of who I know that might have one I could borrow.
Having only moved to the area about 3 years ago I am still getting to know folk, but one guy loosely connected to a soccer team I play in rides dirt bikes so I thought I would ask him - unfortunately he had no idea of what I was talking about - But he understood what I needed it for and then said "But you have asked the right person - my Dad was a VW mechanic and owned the local wreckers years ago - he still has some stuff in his garage - I'll ask him"
A few phone calls later and I am around at his old man's house, coincidentally less than 1km from my house, picking up this engine lift, plus an engine trolley, and looking a veritable Aladdins Cave of old VW bits - No problems borrowing flywheel locks, clutch fitting tool, getting missing bits of tinware, correct fuel pump rod, etc - so I was a very happy boy - if only I knew he was there a few years ago! The lift is a solid bit of gear - cable operated - looks to have been built in Australia specifically for VW mechs - quite unique I imagine.
Engine stand in use as I start the build on the Mexican motor
Pretty much all there
Close up of alternator, dissie, coil, etc
Using that engine lift for some help with the gearbox
Then what she was meant for
And after a bit (read..lot) of careful manoevring the engine was home
I have done more since then but need to get the pics off the camera - will try to get them sorted in the next week
Looking good. Having just dropped the motor out of the 77 double cab I am jealous of the removable panel. Pity they changed from that design.
OK - a few more update snaps for you folk
Finished off stuff around the engine - tidied up wires, fitted valance and rear bumper (which needs some adjusting once splashguards are in)
Got the rear engine hatch on, which I was a bit worried about as I had some probs getting the original screws out, but it went together nicely
Then rolled it out into the sun to check the engine and gearshift adjustment - didn't want it trying to drive through the back of the garage!
I have since taken it for a short drive down the road, and it went well, but was noisy as no windows in the drivers side at the time
Still need to do a few things to get it finished for rego, including sunvisors, interior mirror and ???? - but it will be ready within a week or so - hopefully with my new plates - in time for Old Bar - yippeeee
hay josh . bloody beautiful . was thinking of missing old bar this year ,however may just have to make it, just to have a looksy at this fantastic bus . every time i see this thread it inspires me . you must be stoked .
Good choice of colours for engine Black and bling
very very Noice ..great thread
Oh man... Thats what dreams are made of! Gota love a sweet early lowlight
Love the colour...Fantastic work.
How clean does that engine bay look?...you could et your dinner off it!
Congratulations...nearly all done.
Congrats Josh...bloody spectacular mate. What a great example
Alright - I no longer have the van
It's around at the mechanics getting a final tune and rego inspection - yippee
Thanks for the positive words folks - it has been a 3 year labour of love (with some hate thrown in at times) - I will get some snaps once it is done
I am speechless - what a fantastic job you've done Josh. For someone who professes to have no knowledge or expertise, you have done an amazing job. I have only just found this thread and have now burnt the dinner coz I got so engrossed! What a stunner. I love the colour scheme, especially the trim. That red is beautiful. I don't know much about engines, except for wanting them to be reliable and to get me from A to B but yours looks the beez kneez! 3 year labour of love - it shows in every picture! I can already imagine the smile on your face when you get to drive your van for the first time legally on the road - I hope to see you soon around Newy. Where shall we look out for you?
She looks great Josh,
look forward to seeing her in the flesh
Hope all goes well with the rego inspection
Have just gone back and re-read the whole thread.
Great work Josh - good luck with Rego!
nice lowering job too, not too low....just nice!
Very slick mate, great look.
love that stance!
Schweet now for final pics with rego'd
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