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mikenash

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Re: Diesel Heaters
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2019, 05:06:03 PM »
Interesting

For many years I had VWs - owned maybe eight or ten in the years before we had cheap Japanese cars available here.  My ex-wife wrote off at least four of them . . .

The last was a '70 bus with a 3-litre V6 Ford Capri engine which fitted in the hole in the back just nicely

Great to drive, but when it finally did what every Ford V6 engine does and expired in a cloud of expensive oily steam I bought a Toyota and have continued to do so

350,000 miles is impresive

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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2019, 08:59:04 PM »

I bought my Westy July 2000, drove it one year with that miserable 54 hp engine, could not take it so I installed a 1966 Chevy Corvair 110 along with a 1965 Corvair 4 speed into it

My father has a wrecking yard that specialises in Subaru.
Every year Just down the road from him at the beach park they have a BIG VW festival on the long weekend. They get over 300  Cars.
That same weekend he will have a load of people Coming in asking about Subaru Motors for Conversions.  Most of them are totally Clueless and either ask or tell him, " They Just Drop in ".

Yeah, Right.

In all the years he has been there and the probably several Hundred people that have come in asking, Only ever sold 1 Motor even though he is pretty cheap on what he sells.

Why is it there are so many people whom want to ask all these questions and find out about things they have no money to actually do?

He also gets lots of people that break down Ringing or coming in looking for VW parts despite the subaru Signs. This year He put a sign right at the gate and half way across the driveway saying NO VW Parts.
Yep, 3 clowns came in asking for parts.... on Sunday when he was closed.

The response they got was not repeatable here!   :laugh:

They are not the only ones. Land rover lovers are another crowd that seem to think every wrecking yard will have a bunch of stuff they want  regardless of what brand they specialise in.

From what I have seen, these heaters would warm a small space like a Vehicle pretty quick and must run at minimal heat the majority of the time so as not to turn it into an oven.
5 KW is enough for a house. In a camper.... I think you could be too hot still in the Antarctic.

I was also thinking these would be great if you had a decent tent Like the Old 12x12's In winter.  Be one of the few tents in the camp ground and probably the warmest.

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Re: Diesel Heaters
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2019, 12:09:18 PM »
Ford V6 was a common conversion on the old Kombi's here in S. Africa too.  I eventually went another route and installed a Toyota 2CT in mine.  Went better for cheaper than ever before in it's life.  Gave it to my brother around this time and as far as I know it ended up rotting away in a field somewhere.  Pissed off doesn't come close.

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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2019, 04:19:01 AM »

That would have been a Brilliant Conversion!
Shame your brother didn't appreciate it.  Must have taken some doing to get that configuration Motor  in there!

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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2019, 07:27:41 AM »

That would have been a Brilliant Conversion!
Shame your brother didn't appreciate it.  Must have taken some doing to get that configuration Motor  in there!

I had a google and of course there are some vids.  They fit in the hole really well!  And it's an older Toyota (read bullet-proof if you maintain it) with good low-RPM torque.  What a good conversion!

Beats hell out of the just-waiting-to-explode Ford V6.  Only good thing about that was the acceleration from the combination of the low final drive ratio and the 90-odd HP

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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2019, 06:52:19 AM »

That would have been a Brilliant Conversion!
Shame your brother didn't appreciate it.  Must have taken some doing to get that configuration Motor  in there!

Actually it was very simple.  Bought a kit from one of the used engine importers, where I sourced the engine.  Came with engine mount adapters to fit the Kombi crossbar, new bell housing to suit kombi gearbox and Toy motor.  Used a radiator and piping from a newer (T3?) Kombi and made up a bull bar/radiator mount up front.  VW never brought out any of the old busses in a diesel version in S. Africa, the first were the new shape (T4?).  They did however have a T3 with an Audi 5 cyl engine, one of which I owned at the time of parting with my old bus.  Now this was an awesome Kombi, albeit rather heavy on fuel at 15Lt/100Km