Engine swap

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Vwamature
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Engine swap

Post by Vwamature »

The username says it all. I've only worked with classic bugs and no basically nothing about rabbits, but I do now own a 1979 rabbit hatchback 4door with a 1.5 liter. It was gifted but it is messed up. Oil leaks into coolant, rough starts, overheating, crazy blowby. I did some research and found the consensus is that they aren't worth it to rebuild. I'd much rather upgrade but I'm in college and on a budget. I'm fairly mechanically inclined, going to college for auto technician courses, so I am at least able to do the work myself. i don't necessarily need the most power, but instead dependability. And at least be able to go 60mph which mine can barely go. I have read some of these boards and there's some super smart people out there, please help if you can! Much appreciated
Fatmobile
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Re: Engine swap

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This sounds more like a normal swap than a performance enhancement so I'm going to move it to the general fora.
'91 Golf gasser converted to a 12mm pump, M-TDI.
'84 1.6TD Rabbit with a VNT-15 turbo, still setup to run on vegetable oil.
'84 GTI with 1.7TD pistons and intercooled.
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TylerDurden
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Re: Engine swap

Post by TylerDurden »

Welcome,

Ja, I probably would not rebuild the 1.5... sounds like it needs rings and maybe more.

A swap with a good comperssion 1.6 is the shot if you can find one on th cheap.
Have a nice day.


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'82 Westy Vanagon 1.9 N/A - 23.5mpg
'86 Jetta TD - 45-50mpg
'81 Dasher Wagon 1.6 N/A - 52mpg
'84 Wasserboxer - DOA, parts donor
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Josh
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Re: Engine swap

Post by Josh »

The 1.5s frequently have cracks in the block when this symptom is evidenced; I agree, the way to go is to a 1.6, 1.6TD, or 1.6ecodiesel, depending on availability and price.
-'79 rabbit, getting parted out
-'82 quantum wagon, gutting.
-'84 rehabbed quantum TD sedan, southern rustless beauty for sale
-'82 cherry Westy from AZ
-more all the time; are they breeding?
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