Ive always wanted to put a 4g63 into a dune buggy for the hell of it.
After the 2008 shootout i decided to go for it. My buggy is already street legal and is a berian frame with a 7piece fiberglass body. To date i have totaly stripped the frame down and repainted it. Replaced the tierods,upr/lwr ball joints,wheel bearings,shocks,brakes. I will be redoing all the brake lines and wiring. Currently this will be using a VW 3-rib swing axel trans.
How she looked when i got her -
I bought it with no motor to help save cost.
Frind of mine painted the frame:
a Friend TIG welded the motor Mounts:
Last edited by Dave99gst on Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:34 am; edited 1 time in total
Joined: 22 Feb 2006
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Info on your trans adaptor plate would be nice for others looking to run a 4G63 in a VW. I know Plebani ran a 4G63 in a Porche. I assume this is a similar swap. And there are tons of VW trans options out there. You might also want to think about some wider rear tires. The 4G63 isn't a torque monster, but you'll have lots of fun with wheel spin.
_________________ Do it in a Datsun!
1972 Datsun 510
7-bolt 4G63T, EVO 9 pistons and rods, Garrett GT3076R, "flipped" stock intake, Toyota R154, Z31 R200 w/ CVs
Here we see the entire motor, the SS oil supply line NickNorth was kind enough to GIVE me and the SSA exhaust manifold Diviniti gave me the hook up on(both from MiDSM)
Also note: the resident garage cat is happy to be lounging on a 4G63 project again.
Joined: 06 Jun 2007
Location: N-W Mississippi, Under Memphis
That looks great! I had a couple 914's in the day that I wanted to do the Buick V6 or Olds 215 swap to. (still have 2-215's)
My B-inlaw has a manx buggy that i'd love to get and do what your doing.
I don't think you will have problems with the trans. With as light as it is, the tires are going to break loose before the trans goes. There are TONS of Vw shops that build them with all sorts of gear ratios to suit. OR you could always go with a 930 trans and axles..
If you want, the Ford Taurus has a electric fan that pushes up to 2000+cfms for your radiator. it would be loud though but cheap from a pull it.
Here is the new center console - My friend Selser420 Provided the material ( 6 x 6 aluminium tube ) machined the rear and put an angle on it for me. I tossed some black paint on it and rivioted some diamond plate to it to match the dash.
Rear -you can also see my adjustable pedals
Hella Bling h2o pump pulley that was donated by Halik
ECU Box - on the side is the MPI and CEL
ECU Box with cover.
ECU Box with cover and crapload of wires (wires are stuff like gauges,blinkers,tail lights,etc )
Last edited by Dave99gst on Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:37 am; edited 1 time in total
Bill : i can unbolt the radiator and move it so the filler neck is pointing up. That was the main reason i went with rubber hoses instead of hard lines to the radiator.
Addict: hehe - im laid off, so ive got alot of time on my hands
I didnt no ANYTHING as far as upgrades to the motor. Ive got too much power going to a really small input shaft as it is. the only reason im running the maft is easyer plumbing (no bulky mass) and the exhaust manifold just looks pretty. Im even running the balance shafts :O
Joined: 22 Jun 2006
that radiator is scary dave, I dont think it will work, I cant imagine the coolant curculating up high like that, but thats just me , I can just see the driver getting scalded with hot coolant with that thing if it overheats
I DONT KNOW IF YOU GOT IT RUNNING YET BUT FROM THE PICS I CAN TELL YOU ARE USING WHAT LOOKS LIKE FERNCO PLUMING COUPLERS FOR YOU INTERCOOLER PIPING CONNECTORS ...GET RID OF THEM ! THEY WILL BLOW UP LIKE BALLONS AND POP EVEN AT 14 PSI! BUT THEY WILL WORK IF YOU JUST WANT THE ENGINE TO RUN IN TESTING (IDLE)..ALSO IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE BLOWING CONNECTORS OFF SPRAY THE INSIDE OF THE CONNECTOR WITH AQUA NET HAIR SPRAY AND THEN SLIDE THEM ON ONCE THEY DRY YOU WITH HAVE TO PRY THEM OFF IF YOU EVER HAVE TO TAKE THE PIPE OFF AGAIN....I USED TO HAVE TROUBLE BLOWING CONNECTORS OFF ON MY ECLIPSE AND A BUDDIE THAT USE THE RACE DIRT BIKES SUGGESTED IT ..HE SAID IT WAS WHAT THEY USED TO GET NEW GRIP ON EASY AND MAKE THEM STICK IN PLACE...
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