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#1021329 - 10/21/18 07:30 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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We bought a truck with a rebuilt motor 0-miles on it. It made it 150 miles. Your deal has a one year warranty. So I would think any issues would become apparent before then. How much do you trust the warranty.


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#1021353 - 10/21/18 11:57 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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Originally Posted by elkroeger
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There are perhaps several other shops around that do these sorts of things. I haven't made up my mind yet. Anything you do, along these lines is not gonna be cheap. Yeah - mine's a vanagon.


Hopefully it's already a water-cooled one. I didn't see pictures for air-cooled vanagons, but the placement of the radiators under the chassis on the Type 2s looks awfully susceptible to road damage to me. It sure looks like they do nice work otherwise, though, and that was probably the only space they could use.


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#1021355 - 10/22/18 12:50 AM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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Okay. I did not realize there were other issues with that motor. Enjoy!


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#1021836 - 11/01/18 01:28 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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brief update - I got a auto mechanic around the corner that I've come to trust. I've been talking with them, about my vanagon, they're all excited to do the work: Buy the conversion kit from a reputable outfit in Colorado, and a Jasper brand remanufactured subaru engine with a 3 year, 100K mile warranty. Haven't got the estimate yet, but jeez, that sounds more sensible than spending a pile of dough on a junk yard motor.


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#1021837 - 11/01/18 01:37 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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If you want to keep the VW, it sounds like the conversion not only brings reliability but a much better operating vehicle. Jasper engines seem to be as good as any. Let us know how it does when you drive it!

#1021849 - 11/01/18 06:17 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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The engine suggestions above are pretty thoughtful. I noticed this Vanagon shop between SeaTac and Seattle on the Light Rail recently. Sounds like they've done a number of these conversions, and have some very good info about them on their website. They also say that they have some vans with converted engines that they'll let you test drive.

My wife has an 88 Vanagon and a friend is looking for one in good shape to buy. (I saw that GoWesty did a complete rebuild/conversion and it sold for over $100K recently.) We're considering the Subaru conversion also, but not quite ready yet. We'd like to hear how it goes.

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#1021862 - 11/01/18 11:24 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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Peace Vans is a good shop. They've done stuff for me in the past. I've spoken with them a little bit about this project, and I need to do some follow up. They're still in the race.

Jeez, $100k for a box on 4 wheels with a sink, stove and mattress. Prolly didn't even have any furry dice!

The economical thing to do is just sell the thing and get a trailer. Or several. Shoot, you can buy a decent house in some places for that kind of dough.


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#1021932 - 11/03/18 01:47 PM Re: Used, or rebuilt motor? [Re: elkroeger]  
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A friend of mine down here bought a kit and a used ford 4 cylinder engine of some type and installed it all himself in his 4wd vanagon and has had nothing but good things to say and I know he is a road-aholic. He picked the ford conversion because he says the conversion was less expensive.


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