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1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
08-30-2015, 09:20 PM
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1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
To start off another sad story it all began on the saamtrek this year on our way back from kgalagadi when the 2.0 golf engines oil cooler cracked and pumped oil into the water system. After flushing the system the bus was back up and running and got us home another 1000km roughly before finally giving up.
First task was to pull the engine from the bus and see what damage was caused from the overheating.
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This is what I found when I took off the head....
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08-31-2015, 06:48 AM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
Sorry to hear about your camper. Luckily Golf spares are cheap and easy to find.

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08-31-2015, 07:17 AM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
Hi Dean

I think the compression ratio was too high on the motor that was built for you, that motor really flew, sign of high compression. IMHO. we had a bus here as well that the head had been skimmed, it kept blowing head gaskets, i dropped the comp ratio and it never did it again,

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08-31-2015, 08:49 AM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
Fit a 1.8T you will never look back.


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08-31-2015, 10:41 AM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
compression ratio was fine on the engine it just ran without water which caused this.
I am building a 20v NA engine using the same sub assembly.

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08-31-2015, 11:25 AM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
(08-31-2015 08:49 AM)Russel Wrote:  Fit a 1.8T you will never look back.

Does the motor have enough low end torgue? I understood that they were too peaky?

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08-31-2015, 02:19 PM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
Produces full toque from 1900rpm. As a petrol engine goes you won't find a better engine suited to the syncro. In a 2wd it will fly.
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08-31-2015, 02:52 PM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
What is the engine code & from which VW/Audi did it come?

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08-31-2015, 03:40 PM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
(08-31-2015 02:19 PM)Russel Wrote:  Produces full toque from 1900rpm. As a petrol engine goes you won't find a better engine suited to the syncro. In a 2wd it will fly.

Is the mounting positions the same as the Golf cinversion or is the cradle and mounring points unique?
I can imagine that uphill cruising would be assisted lovely with the turbo.

Any futher info like fuel consumption etc? Do you need to extend the engine bay vertically?

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08-31-2015, 05:28 PM
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RE: 1989 Cox Camper Engine Conversion
sorry dazz, please open a new thread about 1.8t, this is my camper conversion thread Smile

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2.6i 2WD Doka 1986
1.9TDI Golf Syncro 1991

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