Life with Vanaru
I will use this page to compile what is going on since I got my Vanagon/Subaru up and running.
I have been getting e-mail from folks wanting to do a Subaru conversion and also e-mail from folks in the process of doing theirs.
Turned out there were two brothers over in Grass Valley, Ca. converting their busses and since it is only about 200 miles to Grass Valley, off I go to visit them.
were receiving 1990 Subaru 2.2 Legacy engines.
A couple of days later Richard fired up his and had an even a bigger smile than the one you see on his face (above left)!
Richard had a lot of neat additions to his bus including a Gel Cell auxillary battery, additional reading lights, custom made bumpers and a neat awning.
is small in size, light weight, yet free standing when folded
Anyway, my visit was well worth it. They got to see how my engine was installed, which saved them some planning time, and I got to meet some great guys and get some ideas for my bus. Richard had a very informative Subaru engine manual and I got a copy. Also, Richard and Tom discovered I had my exhaust crossover pipe hard up against my engine mount support!
E-ha! They had discovered where my rattle was coming from. It had been driving me nuts looking for it and I was pretty well convinced it was my shift rod rattling. Not so. I repositioned the Subaru engine mount back about a quarter of an inch, for clearance, and the noise was gone! They also pointed out that I had my throttle hooked up wrong and was only getting half throttle! There are two options for hooking up my throttle (my Subaru engine originally was set up with cruise control) and of course, I had hooked up to the larger diameter one! Wrong!!
We promised to gather up out there in the vast wilderness, one of these days, with our Subaru powered busses.
Tom is back in Seattle. He sent me this image he took during his drive North. Remember, he was driving his fully loaded camper including his mig welder, tool box, pregnant wife and the wasserboxer engine he had removed!
speedometer and tach readings!
I'm sure he was only doing that in the interest of science!
Here is a Syncro getting the Subaru treatment.
Tom sent me this image that will be familiar to all who have done the Subaru/Vanagon conversion. It's our "wiring harness monster". Above his left hand is the Subaru computer wrapped in a waterproof bag. Tom put a face on the bag! This is the final phase where we wrap up the wiring harness and make it neat and waterproof after first trying it out in the Vanagon.
Here are some thoughts and observation from
"From what I can tell by
seat-of-the-pants, from idle to 3000 rpm, there's
Stuffing the 2.2L in the bus was very
straightforward and only took a
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