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Old 06-27-2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Beware of the deathcab

***********Here is my project. Being newly wed and having no money, i have to resort to a bug to satisfy my speed needs. This is a 1972 VW bug in which i have installed a 1.8L subaru engine with a WRX turbo.

Deciding on the project[/url]

This project has been so much fun! I had the goal of making something "fast" with $3000.00. I have an old Pontiac Fiero GT which i was going to stick a V8 in, or supercharge... this project would have blown my budjet so i decided to go with an older car.. something light weight. so I did some research.
Bugs are cheap and light weight. when i heard about some of the conversions that have been done, i was sold on the idea. I bought an ugly '72 bug with a crack in the crankcase. i brought it home and decided to paint it up like a taxi. i sanded it down with 80 grit for a rough finish and painted it with a semi gloss black. with "Taxi" on the side and a taxi light from Ebay this car was well on its way to origionality. for the swap, i wanted to try something new. something that nobody does. instead of the common 2.2L subaru or th wankel rotary, i put a 1.8L subaru motor in my bug with a turbocharger from a WRX. which spools up quickly and produces a lot of horsepower. For carburetion, i put a 40 DCOE sidedraft. with all this and the custom, steightpiped 3" exhaust this bug is now a beast!
I cant go anywhere withough attracting the attention of 90% of the people on the road..
The major benefits to the 1.8L conversion.
  • Benefits of 1.8L conversion VS 2.2L and 2.5L[/url]

    The major benefits to the 1.8L conversion.
    • It involves no cutting to the the engine bay, it bolts in with room to spare
    • The engine swap, taking the VW engine out and getting the bare Subaru engine in took about 45 minutes. Getting it running took just a few hours over a couple days
    • The 1.8L has approximately 90 HP stock (non-turbo). With the carb and turbo that i have, I expect i have about 120-130 HP at 7 lbs. of boost. This is plenty of HP for an otherwise unaltered bug. much more power and you will need a roll cage, more powerful brakes and upgraded suspension. I also expect to be running about 14 sec 1/4 mile at 4500 ft above sea level... thats a 13 at sea level... this is as fast as the evolution 8, 9 and 10, the subaru STI and the Mazda speed 3. I will post my times when i can get up to the strip!
    • The conversion requires limited wiring and you don't need to worry about the computers for the fuel injection
    • the conversion is relatively cheap
    • you have a reliable, water-cooled vehicle with cleaner emissions, more space than even a VW engine and its just about as simple! i expect 24-26 miles per gallon. really, this conversion fits the needs of just about anyone. its FAST, CHEAP, FUN, and really SIMPLE.
Total expenses for conversion[/url]
  • 3.00 - Exhaust flanges
  • 35.00 - Turbo gaskets
  • 50.00 - Turbo flanges, up and down + intake flange
  • 100.00 - Subaru WRX turbo w/ oil cooler (not necessary)
  • 480.00 - New 40 DCOE weber side draft carb
  • 483.00 - Kennedy adaptor plate
  • 520.00 - Custom turbo eshaust with a 3" straight pipe
  • 153.00 - Used, low mile subaru 1.8L engine
  • 250.00-300.00 - Random remaining expenses include: radiator, hoses, hose clamps pipes, heat wrap, spark plugs, RPM guage
the total for these items is $2124.00 and the bug its self cost me $1200.00 for a total cost to me of $3324.00 ...

excuse the paint.. thats not my worry right now

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Old 06-27-2008, 08:02 PM   #2
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that schitt it bad azz. slap some good tires on it and have fun!
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:04 PM   #3
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Man I love VW bugs and yours is definitely awesome.... I actually remember going for a ride in a stock VW bug cab in Mexico City 12 years ago and it was scary enough... (more due to the insane driver than acceleration) but props for converting ur bug... I hope to do a similar project once I'm done with grad school and actually can afford/ have free weekends
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