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Old 09-12-2008, 02:47 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I've got a similar plan. Starting with a 1.6TD and throwing it into a 1990 civic hatchback. I have both cars, I'm just saving up to so that I can get the swap done in one quick change. A similar project was done with a 1.6 into a crx... Unfortunately the thread died but he did get it installed. VWvortex Forums: 1985 vw diesel swap into honda crx
I figure that if basjoos can get 70 mpg's out of a similar car that was epa rated at 49 with a less efficient engine I should be getting some nice numbers right off. And then add in some extreme aero modding and you have one high millage machine

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Old 09-12-2008, 09:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Nice......that should make for a very efficient vehicle, I would think. I sure would like to hear more about that car in the link you sent. Seems like it is always the last little details that kill a project.....Keep us posted, I know I'll follow your project closely.
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I think I should be getting into this winter some time. I had to pull apart my intended motor so I could get my daily driver going again. Right now I'm working on getting the dang thing running again. But once it's running again I'll get it transplanted while I rebuild a 1.6td to install.
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I wonder if you could make the two-cylinder idea work if you got a crank and cam custom-made? Instead of having a crank throw every 120 degrees, you'd have one every 180 degrees. Similarly, you'd have the cam lobes made to actuate the valves 180 degrees of cam rotation apart. Quite pricey to have them custom made!!

Perhaps you could have a four-cylinder crank and/or cam cut down? Still not all that cheap, though.

Hmm... Just trying to brainstorm...

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Old 09-18-2008, 10:54 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Well that's the thing, by the time you do the engineering and spend the money on all those custom parts, you could have made trans and motor mount adapters for a suitable existing 2 cyl transplant and be out on the road driving already!
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Who has a picture of a 3 cylinder metro crank handy? Could you post it here?

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