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2002 VW ALH tdi into 88 pickup

Old 02-11-2019, 05:33 AM
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I have a vacuum delete for ALH available too, for anyone that might have some clearance issues back there. It came about for ALH diesel drag cars for racers that wanted to ditch the gerotor style pump off the cam to eliminate that wee-bit of drag on the engine. But it would work for anyone that's clearance challenged too. It's a direct replacement for the OEM Tdi vac pump and uses the OEM o-ring from VW. The white one is just the 3D printed test version.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:40 AM
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And the crossmember. This thing definitely cleared up the space issue with the t-case oil drain and getting to the driveshaft flange fasteners. I have a third truck underway that has dual cases, so I'll have a replacement crossmember available for that too.
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And I set an ALH into a 98 Tacoma that's in here too, just to kinda of get an idea about fitment, and man there is all kinds of room in these things. I'd probably use like later 04-06 engine with more power, but it seems like it might be a pretty decent package. This truck had a 3.4/5 speed.
I have a third truck as a build on Youtube, but I wasn't sure if the forum rules allowed posting links to that. It's an 85 W56E to 03 ALH. Truck is bone stock. For now.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:02 AM
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Very excited to hear that you are looking at the 1st gen Tacoma for the TDI swap. An early double-cab Tacoma or 3rd gen 4runner would be awesome candidates for a TDI swap.
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Yeah, they actually appear to be the more conversion-friendly platform--lots of room under there. I'm pretty sure this one is destined for a 2.0 tdi with some tuning.
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Hi.
You said "I have a third truck as a build on Youtube, but I wasn't sure if the forum rules allowed posting links to that. It's an 85 W56E to 03 ALH."

So any title or poster hints? Your username here? Be fun to watch.
Awesome projects. Gas won't be cheap forever.
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Old 02-19-2019, 04:01 PM
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The 85 Toy ALH build videos are here. There's only 3 so far, it's more experimenting with some existing parts. If it all works, i'll post that one here too.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...4FjaWX73snBWdD
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Any idea when your adapter is going to be available?
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:42 PM
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Found myself a donor car today. It's a 2002 Jetta with an ALH engine and automatic trans. I have been chasing various leads and getting beaten out on the ones with attractive prices and balking at the ones that seemed too pricy. $400 for this one!
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:56 AM
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I can't count how many tdi's i've missed--and I generally find them the day they hit Craigslist. I'm 3D printing a slightly different version of the crank adapter for the 3.0.
I bought a truck--so now I'm committed too!!
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:32 AM
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I am in southeastern Wisconsin. I am so close to Chicago that it almost seems like I am living in the suburbs. Milwaukee is also nearby. That means I am living on the edge of a metroplex with a population of at least 10 million people. It means that I can find just about anything I can imagine on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or eBay within a reasonable driving distance. I have to imagine that Kalispel is different. Do you look to Spokane/Coeur d'Alene for craigslist?

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Old 03-20-2019, 11:53 AM
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Yep. Kalispell is just, well, yeah, different. I'm originally from eastern PA, very close to north Jersey. Lots and lots of people.
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Got me a donor! It's at 2002 Jetta with an ALH. I am thinking I will be ready to buy an adapter around the end of May.

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oh and so it begins!!
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Almost done with frame work on my AHU swapped 85. Using parts from DCS kit.


Pass side mount using vw mount and 22re isolator

Drivers side mount using original vw mount and 22re engine isolator

Little reinforcements

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Nice work! I love to see these old trucks getting this kind of treatment. I kept my 84 alive for many years beyond its expected lifespan by doing similar frame work.
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Thank you frame looked solid with just visually inspecting it. Decided to open it up to spray rust converter in rails and glad I did if you ever wondered why they rot right here itís because they put this stupid reinforcement plate inside the rails that is wet from the first day itís off the line I cut mine out and redid everything also had big mice nest in both side of rails


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Nice work! I love to see these old trucks getting this kind of treatment. I kept my 84 alive for many years beyond its expected lifespan by doing similar frame work.
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Thank you frame looked solid with just visually inspecting it. Decided to open it up to spray rust converter in rails and glad I did if you ever wondered why they rot right here it’s because they put this stupid reinforcement plate inside the rails that is wet from the first day it’s off the line I cut mine out and redid everything also had big mice nest in both side of rails
These trucks are really great, but they were just not designed to be in areas were salt is on the road. I brought my 1984 extra cab to Wisconsin from California in 1994. It had never seen winter or salted roads. In just a few years and very few miles body panels had rusted through . The frame did last for about 10 years, and then I plated it like you’re doing, and then it lasted another five years. By then things had just gone too far and I was fighting a losing battle. As I see interest in these older trucks rising along with the prices, I am thinking no first or second generation truck or first gen 4runner should be on the road in winter where road salt is in use. My first generation 4runner has been mostly off the roads in the winter for the last 10 years. It was originally a California truck that someone brought to Wisconsin. The frame seems very solid right now, but is any of us who has been inside one of these frames knows, if you can see rust on the outside, it's 10 times worse on the inside. In the next year or so, I am going to source another frame for it from someplace in the southwestern United States, a frame with absolutely zero rust, I am going to sandblast it and pickle it and coat it inside and out with catalyzed paint. And then it will never see salted roads again.

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The engine is out of the Toyota. I have a 2002 Jetta donor vehicle. All I need now, is a good adapter.



My truck. Soon to be powered by a Volkswagen turbo-diesel.



Engine, transmission, and transfer case out without a scratch on the vehicle.




The 3VZE engine having served a long and useful life is retired. If you look closely, on the side of the block, you can see a hole where a connecting rod exited. I paid $1000 for this rig with a bad engine. When I complete the TDI swap, it will be the first time I have ever driven it.

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oh and so it begins!!
Yes! I am already shopping for an early to mid-2000s Ford F250/350 Superduty with the plan being to do a Cummins swap.
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