71 GTE SE5A my rolling restoration and now Tdi conversion

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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:07 am

philhoward wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:28 am
CarlosVanDango wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:48 pm
the Tdi is a tiny engine and it's tight as hell, i don't know how people manage to get 6cyl and V8 engines in there
To get the last inch of clearance to level things up, I had to trim the tunnel on my 5a; where the front ashtray sits there’s a “divot” in the fibreglass which pokes down into the tunnel and might stop the gearbox sitting where you think it should have. Just chop it out but the centre console fixing bracket sits in this divot so will need a little adjusting too. This was on the Scimega though - different gearbox where the gear-lever is actually mounted on the body (not direct to the box like the Mazda boxes) so gearbox position was quite critical.
from memory the mazda box is small compaired to the vauxhall one - i'll have a look for that divot - my lever seems to be just a bit back - i can live with a bit of chopping for that



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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:08 am

MikeyBikey wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:36 am
Looking good,
Precision clutches made me a brand new plate for about £80. They’ll do them with whatever centre drive /diameter you want. And almost next day service.
i'd be happy to pay £80 i think thats a fair price i've had quotes of over £200 for the plate



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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:10 am

got it sat about right now - pics coming later
i've had to remove the oil filter cooling housing from the passangers side as it fouled the chassis
other than that i think i may be ok with a bonnet bulge - the EGR will have to come off but i didn't want that anyway :D



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Post by barry_bryan » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:43 am

Hi fantastic job you should be well chuffed, best of luck with the rest of the task Regards Baz


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:02 pm

thanks Baz

this was the issue with the oil filter/cooler at this point the engine needed to move over 2-3"
also looking like the alternator isn't going to fit either
i'd rather have the engine spot on it the right place then sort the other bits after.
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this is almost final position (give or take 1/2") the gearstick is almost perfect - i just need to alter the surround to get to the bolts easily to be able to undo the shifter mechanism.
i will have to make a bulge inwards in the bulkhead heater cover and the bonnet will either need a small bulge or i might be able to find a lower inlet as this one is higher than the bonnet
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on the plus side the original bracing fits and i will be able to get my spare tyre back in the right place 8)



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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:25 pm

Wernt those engines fitted slanted originally?


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:28 pm

yes they were in the passats but the golfs don't, the one i did in my transit was from a passat you can see how much it leans over Image
if i did lean it over i might get away with the clearance issues but it's a bit late now and i'm not going back it's taken me a year to make the adaptor plate :lol:



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Post by philhoward » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:41 pm

At least there plenty of installations of that engine to find a suitable inlet?


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:06 pm

ive actually lowered it since the last post after i got the correct measurement of Jim so its very close now :) i've actually got the bonnet closed - if i fitted some raising blocks to the hinges it would clear (but i don't want to do that)

ive also split the oil cooler off so the filer housing bolts to the block - i think i'll be able to get a remote take off if i need the oil cooler for now i'll probably just run without it

i've mocked up some cardboard templates for the engine mounts - ordered some new rubber mounts
the gearbox is now resting on the cross member shimmed up to the correct height, i'll get the engine mounts done then make some for the gearbox

the gearbox position i can't complain about :mrgreen:
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Post by CarlosVanDango » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:26 pm

made a start on the engine mounts - these plates bolt to the block and the discs bolt to the rubbers, i'll bolt these up and make some connecting support rods
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just waiting for the new rubbers to arrive now



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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sun May 03, 2020 9:34 am

all tacked together now - i'll take these into work monday and fully weld them up with the full size welder my home mig is a bit too small for these
i'll also add a couple of gussets for some extra strength
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to get the angles right i actually used old toilet roll centres slid inside each other then cut the angle - kept chopping until it was right then transferred onto steel pipe - turned out pretty well :D

i've got an idea now on how to do the gearbox mount - basically going to pick up off all the mounting points with a plate then bolt my rubber mounts to that - pics to follow



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Post by philhoward » Sun May 03, 2020 10:10 am

Sometimes the results simply present themselves...

Nice work!


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Mon May 04, 2020 6:43 pm

Cheers Phil

got them fully welded and painted today :D
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then fitted in the car
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quite pleased with them :D



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Post by CarlosVanDango » Mon May 04, 2020 6:47 pm

the engine now sites nice but the pd is lighter than the essex V6 so the car is about 2" too high :roll:
i'm hoping it will settle a bit but i can't see it going back to anything like it needs to be but i'll get that sorted next year :D

engine now sat on mounts
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Mon May 04, 2020 7:03 pm

Ride height at the front can be lowered by inverting the lower arms and or spacing the lower shock bracket down (assuming you don’t have adjustable spring seats)


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